Becky, no, definitely not something they brag about! LOL I only know because I have a kid on the team, and I do believe that I heard it is more prone in this area...especially one or two schools that are really lax and bad about cleaning their mats. Those mats are plastic...get them hot and sweaty, and they are a perfect breeding ground to stuff.
I think that is a big difference with blood children and step children. They can easily overlook the grouchy attitude and occasional frustrated snap...but a step kid is always looking for the difference. I don't intentionally treat Andrew any differently, I never leave him out of anything and I never do something for my kids that I would refuse to do for him. But...my kids will come up and love on me...sit with me, give me hugs...Andrew doesn't do that. There is a big difference between the love and bond of parent and child and parent and step-child.
I did ask Gregg last night...can you say in the last year that Shelby has grown and matured and doesn't act anything like she used to except on the rare occasion...and he said yes...and I said, now can you say the same for Andrew...and he said no. Andrew wants everyone around him to change, but he refuses to. He gets mad and can talk to us like dirt and walk out on a conversation, and that is just fine...because it's "in the heat of the moment," IDK...I'm just ready for him to go to his mom's for the summer and get a break from him.
Andrea...ugh on the dentist issue! That was terribly rude of them to do that to you...and selfish too...because I have no doubt they did it for the one final payment!!
Becky, I've taken both my kids to children's dentist when they needed fillings...but it was because our regular dentist didn't have the gas that would calm them so she could do the work. I wasn't too hip on my child getting that huge shot in the mouth without something to calm them first. For regular check-ups though, they just go to the family dentist.