A young woman recently took to Reddit to ask if readers thought she was wrong for telling her mom that she shouldn’t have to take care of her younger siblings. This is her full story.
It’s a Full House
OP is a 17-year-old girl who lives with her single mother and two younger siblings. She has a 13-year-old brother and a 14-year-old sister.
Mom Is Never Around
OP acknowledges that their mother works long hours, but even when she’s off the clock, she’s never around.
As soon as she leaves work, she heads to her boyfriend’s house and stays out late every night.
Weekends Are Even Worse
Or, she heads to her own mother’s house instead of coming home. And, on weekends, OP says her mother often stays out ALL night.
She’s Raising Her Siblings
OP, on the other hand, doesn’t go out much at all. And, when she does ask if she can do something fun, her mom usually says no.
OP is pretty sure it’s because her mother needs her to stay home and look after her siblings.
She Has to Pay Her Own Way
OP works a part-time summer job and saves her money for the things she wants and needs.
And she’s also building a nest egg so she can enjoy the upcoming events in her senior year. She knows her mom won’t pay for them.
She Wants to Be Healthy
When it comes to buying food, OP’s mother purchases frozen food, junk food, and canned goods, while OP tries to watch what she eats.
So OP often ends up buying her own food so she can have fruit, vegetables, and healthier snacks.
Time for Takeout
One night, the day after their mother had bought groceries, OP went into the kitchen to find that most of the food was already gone.
Craving teriyaki and shrimp fried rice, OP ordered food for herself.
They Were Hungry Too
When the food arrived, OP’s siblings complained that they were hungry too. OP told them to ask their mother for some grub since it was her responsibility to take care of them, not OP’s.
They Weren’t Her Kids
Not long after that, OP’s mother confronted her, yelling at her for not buying dinner for her siblings.
OP repeated that it was her job to feed her siblings, not hers.
Was That a Threat?
OP’s mother just stormed out of the room and told her to “remember that.” OP wasn’t sure what that meant, but it felt like a threat of some sort.
She Wanted a Gift
Then, during a trip to the mall, OP was doing a little personal shopping when her sister found her and told her that their mother expected her to buy something for her sibling.
An Angry Phone Call
OP told her sister no way was she buying her anything, and the young girl stormed off. A few minutes later, her mom called to chew her out and then hung up.
About 15 minutes after that confrontation, OP called her mom back to ask when they were going home.
She Had to Find Her Own Ride
Her mom told her that she and the other kids had already left the mall. OP would have to find her own ride home.
They Can’t Even Talk About It
OP feels like her mother is dumping most of the responsibility for raising her siblings on OP rather than behaving like a real mother.
But every time OP tries to have a conversation about it, her mom blows up or ignores her.
OP doesn’t know how much longer she can take the tension, and she’s also worried about what will happen to her siblings when she moves out.
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