A frazzled mom and aunt stirred outrage on Reddit when she described her sister’s ineffective parenting style. It even involves throwing family members under the bus to appease her kid! Here is the full story.
They Have Different Styles
OP is a 33-year-old mother of 4. She has a 35-year-old sister who has a 3-year-old daughter. The two sisters don’t quite see eye-to-eye when it comes to parenting.
It’s the Mom’s Fault
OP says that her niece acts like a typical 3-year-old, but the problem is how the child’s mother reacts. She lets the kid get away with murder, basically.
They Always Give In
Like most little kids, OP’s niece tends to scream when she doesn’t get her way. But instead of trying to redirect her or hand out some consequences, the girl’s parents always give in.
She Wants to Raise Good People
OP admits that it’s tough to hear your kids crying, and she thinks it’s okay sometimes to give them what they want.
Most of the time, though, the parent needs to set them on a better path and help them learn how to be good people who can live in society.
She Can’t Stand the Tears
But OP’s sister doesn’t see it that way. She’ll do anything to make her daughter happy in the moment. Predictably, that often leads to all sorts of problems for the sister and her family.
She Wanted to Go Somewhere Else
Around the holidays, for example, OP and her kids went on a trip to an aquarium with her sister and niece.
Along the way, the little girl started screaming because she wanted her mother to take a different route.
She Changed Her Mind
OP’s sister explained that there was a landmark the girl liked to see, so she turned around even though it would add 15 minutes to their route.
Then, about halfway there, the toddler changed her mind and wanted to go the original direction.
She Gave Them Whiplash
So OP’s sister turned around again, adding even more time to their trip and annoying everyone in the car.
They Moved In
More recently, OP’s sister broke her leg while her husband was out of town. Since she couldn’t drive, OP had her and the niece come stay at her house for a while.
The Nightly Roundup
One evening, OP took her sister with her to pick up the kids at school. They stopped at the niece’s preschool last and then headed for home.
They Were Already Late
Right away, the little girl broke into one of her fits because she didn’t like the route OP was taking.
Her mother told OP to just turn around so the girl would stop screaming, but OP refused since they were already running late because her niece had fought getting into the car.
She Wasn’t Playing Nice
So OP continued on her path and the little girl continued to throw a fit.
At some point, OP’s sister apologized to her daughter and said her aunt wasn’t being very nice.
She Wore Out
It was all pretty loud and messy for awhile, but OP’s niece stopped screaming after about 5 minutes.
She seemed to realize she wasn’t going to get her way and turned her attention to something else.
Her Sis Chewed Her Out!
Later on, OP’s sister chewed her out for causing more stress for her and her daughter.
He Saw Both Sides
OP talked to her husband, and he agreed she did the right thing. But he also agreed that she added stress to an already stressful situation.
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