A helpful aunt took to Reddit for opinions after she offered to pay for her niece to go to boarding school. Let’s just say her sister-in-law wasn’t all that excited about the idea. Here is the full story.
They’re Have a Good Life
OP and her husband have a 10-year-old daughter and live a very comfortable lifestyle.
They moved away from their home country 3 years ago.
The Girls Are Very Close
Her brother has an 11-year-old daughter, but the two girls are in the same grade in school. The cousins have been close throughout their lives.
She Travels Far to See Them
The brother’s daughter even comes to visit OP and her family during the summer.
OP and her husband pay for those visits.
Money Is No Issue
The money is no big deal for OP and her husband, as they have good jobs.
They take trips, give their daughter everything she needs, and generally have plenty of money.
She Comes from Money
That’s all in line with the way OP grew up. She and her brother attended private schools, and their family took expensive trips abroad.
She Grew Up Poor
But OP’s sister-in-law grew up with more modest means and never had the luxuries that OP and her brother did.
He Can’t Afford It
And OP’s brother chose a line of work that doesn’t pay all that much.
So his family can’t afford to live like he did when he was a kid.
They Wanted More for Him
As far as OP is concerned, if her brother is happy and provides for his family, nothing else matters.
But their parents are disappointed in their son and always pressure him to do better.
She Has Big Plans
Recently, OP’s daughter decided that she wants to go to boarding school for the next academic year.
Not What She Would Have Picked
OP knows what boarding school is like, and she wouldn’t necessarily have picked it for her daughter.
She Will Miss Her
OP also isn’t that keen on her child living an hour away from her at a still-young age.
They Fully Support Her
But OP and her husband try to give their daughter options, and this is one they can afford.
And it’s the one she chose.
They Were in It Together
The problem is that OP’s daughter also made plans with her cousin. It seems the two girls were very excited about going to boarding school together.
It’s Their Call
When OP learned about those plans, she tried to temper her daughter’s excitement.
She reminded the girl that her cousin’s parents would have the final say in whether she could go to boarding school, too.
She Was Sneaky
OP’s daughter seemed to understand, but OP had a card up her sleeve.
She Told Him the Secret
OP talked it over with her husband, then called her brother.
She told him about the girls’ plans and that her daughter was planning to go to boarding school.
She Would Happily Pay
Then OP told her brother that she and her husband would gladly pay for his daughter to go to the same boarding school.
She Would Take Care of Her
Since the school was in a different country from where the brother lived, OP would also be her niece’s emergency contact and would keep an eye on her.
Everyone Was Thrilled
OP’s brother was thrilled with the idea, and OP later talked to her parents about it. They were ecstatic, too.
Well, Almost Everyone
But a few days later, OP’s sister-in-law started texting OP and was furious.
She Tried to Steal Her Kid
The sister-in-law accused OP of trying to steal her daughter and using money to manipulate the whole family.
She Thought She Was Being Nice
OP was blindsided by the attack since her brother was so happy with her offer.
She wants to pay for her niece’s school, but she doesn’t want to tear the family apart.
He Can’t Quite Measure Up
And to make matters worse, OP’s husband told her that he agrees with the sister-in-law about the family’s money.
He thinks it’s tough to measure up to their standards sometimes.
She Didn’t Do Anything Wrong
For the most part, Redditors think that OP didn’t do anything wrong at all.
They think her offer was very generous and will give her niece some great opportunities.
He Should’ve Cleared It With His Wife
But many of the commenters take her brother to task. They say it’s obvious he didn’t clear the idea with his wife before accepting his sister’s offer.
If there’s anyone to blame for the family strife in this situation, they say, it’s him.
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