A Reddit user recently found herself in a heated argument with her cousin over their parenting choices. Here’s the full story.
She Is a Single Mother
The Original Poster (OP) is a 37-year-old single mother. She has been solely responsible for her 13-year-old daughter, Anna, since her husband’s death in a vehicle accident five years ago.
Although losing him was extremely difficult for the two, they have gradually been able to accept it.
Her Daughter Wears Her Late Father’s Clothes
Anna has recently developed the habit of wearing her dad’s clothes like his hoodies and shirts.
OP doesn’t mind because she doesn’t look odd in them and OP thinks it’s a good way for her to remember her father.
The Family Dinner
The story began when OP’s mother hosted a family get-together at her home last week. Anna left the house in a pair of jeans shorts and an old shirt from her father.
They greeted everyone at the dinner, and after that, Anna hung out with cousins while OP spoke with others.
Her Cousin Came Into the Conversation
One of OP’s cousins, Beatrice aged 45, wanted to chime in on the conversation while OP was talking to her sister.
The Cousin Commented on How Her Daughter Was Dressed
Beatrice commented on the way Anna was dressed.
While it did not surprise OP, it still irritated her since Beatrice is, for lack of a better description, a jerk who uses religion as a cover to comment on other people’s business.
She’s an Experienced Mother
Beatrice believes she is the most qualified family member to provide parenting advice because she has five children, a son, and four daughters.
She sprang into a lengthy monologue about how OP is a bad mother and should forbid Anna from dressing in male clothing.
She claims by doing so she is more likely to become a lesbian or, worse yet, may enable her to practice transgenderism.
She Got Angry
OP doesn’t care if her son or daughter were gay, but by no means was she going to tolerate someone saying that garbage about a person based solely on how they dress.
OP got angry and yelled at her and said, “Look, who’s talking about being a bad mother, isn’t your son a jerk? Didn’t all of your girls flee only to escape your obnoxiousness and poor parenting?
Not One to Judge
OP went on to say that a gay child is preferable and that Beatrice is the last person she wants to ask for guidance. Beatrice was shocked and started crying after hearing that and then left.
She Feels Bad
OP is being criticized by some family members for being so rude to her, even if what OP said was correct.
Now OP is worried that she should not have gotten angry with Beatrice the way she did and that she should also have apologized.
Readers Support Her
OP took to Reddit to ask whether she was wrong in the situation. Redditors sided with OP and said that she was not wrong and that what she said to her cousin was correct.
So what is your view? Was OP wrong for lashing out at her cousin?
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