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Entitled Mum Issues an Ultimatum to Her Parents for ‘Only Babysitting Once, Maybe Twice a Week’

Entitled Mum Issues an Ultimatum to Her Parents for ‘Only Babysitting Once, Maybe Twice a Week’

A disgruntled mother has given her parents an ultimatum to choose between her children or her special needs sibling after claiming that they only babysit “once, maybe twice a week”, stating that they aren’t involved enough.

Without a scrap of self-awareness, the 34-year-old mother of two complained on Reddit about how her parents spend far too much time with her younger brother who has severe Autism and ADHD, who they are clearly favouring over her own two “amazing” children, ages six and three.

Whining on the classic Am I The Asshole board, the woman explained that her husband is away a lot due to his job, leaving her exhausted and feeling like a single parent. She wrote that her parents, who are in their mid-sixties should understand how she feels, but that due to her brother’s condition, she feels as though she and her children are being neglected.

“They only babysit the kids once, MAYBE twice a week, because of my brother who has severe Autism and ADHD,” she writes. “Growing up, my parents were excellent at making sure that my brother and I got equal amounts of attention and there was no favouritism, but now that I’m gone, they’re acting like they can focus all their attention on him when they have two grandchildren.

“If I call them on any other day aside from Saturday (which is the day that they take the kids all day since my brother spends time at this facility where he makes bracelets and draws ) it’s a 50\50 whether they agree to take the kids or just say that my brother is having a bad day and they need to focus on him.”

Yikes! So the one day these grandparents get a break is on a Saturday where they are immediately enlisted to babysit all day? And that is not enough because when she demands they watch her children on other days, they say no half the time? Sheesh lady!

“Yesterday I just completely blew up because I feel like they’re not doing their duties as grandparents and told them that they really need to choose between my brother and my kids. Now they’re upset and aren’t returning my calls.

“A part of me feels livid and like I’m right in feeling this way, but I feel like I hurt their feelings and I didn’t want that.”

It seems this woman learned what shame was almost immediately as within an hour she had deleted her account after receiving 92 responses calling her out.

Some of the choice comments included:

“They are caring for THEIR CHILD. They have no obligation to care for YOURS. That’s your job.”

“What the fuck are grandparent duties? Sounds like something you made up”

“Your brother has special needs, and will probably need care from your parents for life. You’re a grown-ass woman, and you chose to have kids. Get a babysitter if you can’t parent your own kids all week.”

Yep, she got told!


Source: Reddit/AITA and Giphy

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Jill Slater

Jill Slater

Jill is a busy wife and mother of four young children. She loves nothing more than making people giggle, and loves to settle in with a glass of wine (or four) and wander about the internet. Feel free to follow her to see all the cool stuff she finds!

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