A fed-up mother recently took to Reddit to ask for opinions after she dished out some verbal revenge to her sister-in-law for mistreating her son. Here is the full story.
A Growing International Family
The Original Poster (OP) is a 32-year-old woman from England who now lives in Belgium with her 39-year-old husband. The couple has two children together, a 4-year-old son and a 3-month-old daughter.
OP’s husband has a job that requires him to travel to England frequently, usually once every 4 to 6 weeks. When he goes, OP and the kids tag along.
They Visit Often
The frequent travel home gives OP a chance to see her parents, and she also usually drops in on her 35-year-old brother and his 29-year-old wife. They don’t have any children of their own.
They’re a Bilingual Household
At home in Belgium, OP and her family speak both English and French since her husband is Belgian.
Embracing Language Mixing With Children
As often happens for kids in a bilingual home, her son sometimes mixes the two languages when he speaks.
It’s Normal Kid Stuff
That’s no big deal for OP, especially since the staff at her son’s nursery school have told her they see that sort of thing all the time. Kids grow out of it.
She Can’t Stand It!
But the language-mixing drives OP’s sister-in-law nuts, and she usually harshly corrects the boy when he slips into that mode. OP and her husband have asked her to lighten up, but she refuses to let it go.
She Noticed Something Different
More recently, though, OP noticed that her sister-in-law was taking a different approach with her son.
So She Ignores Him
In particular, when he mixes languages, her sister-in-law just completely ignores him. It was subtle at first but has become more obvious as time goes on.
It Went Sideways Quickly
On one occasion, OP went upstairs to feed her daughter, leaving her son with her sister-in-law. When she came back down, the boy was holding his cup up to her sister-in-law and crying, but she was ignoring him.
She Refused to Help Him
OP asked what was going on. Her son was clearly thirsty, but the sister-in-law said she refused to get him anything to drink until he could ask correctly.
And She Dropped a Huge Insult
OP’s sister-in-law also told her she shouldn’t be ignoring her son’s obvious speech issues.
She Knew Exactly What He Wanted
Her sister-in-law even admitted to OP that she knew exactly what the child was asking for, but that she was not going to respond to his jumbled English.
OP was livid, and her husband had to step in to try and diffuse the situation.
She Had to Repeat Herself
Later that night, at the dinner table, her sister-in-law asked OP to pass something to her, using slang in her speech. But OP chose to ignore the request. Her sister-in-law repeated her ask, and OP ignored her again.
She Turned the Tables
Finally, OP’s brother asked her why she was ignoring his wife. She told him that she can’t reply if her sister-in-law could not speak English correctly. She also scolded OP for continuing to ignore his wife’s obvious speech issues.
She Went Too Far
Needless to say, that response turned up the tension in the room, and all four adults became angry. Even OP’s husband thinks she went too far.
She Got Her Point Across
OP admits that her non-response and subsequent explanation was childish, but she definitely got her point across. Her sister-in-law had been mean to her son for far too long.
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