A young man had Redditors shaking their heads when he revealed that he chose to go on a trip with his girlfriend instead of watching his nephew. The family expectations were off the chart! Here is the whole story.
He’s Not Interested in Kids
OP is a 24-year-old man with a 31-year-old brother. The brother is married to a 28-year-old woman, and the couple has a 4-year-old son.
As a young, single man, OP is not interested in kids and usually avoids them. But he loves his nephew and enjoys being around him.
That worked out great for OP’s brother and sister-in-law when the woman’s work brought them to OP’s city a year ago.
OP works from home and has a flexible schedule, so his brother asked him if he would mind watching the toddler occasionally. OP was happy to do that since the boy was well-behaved and they got along well.
He Looked After His Nephew
And besides, as it turned out, the couple hardly ever asked OP to watch their son. It only happened once every week or two.
At that point, OP’s brother was also working from home. But he recently took a new job requiring him to be in the office most of the time and paid a lot less.
With less time spent at home and less money to pay for childcare, OP’s brother and sister-in-law started calling on him more and more often. It got to the point where he was watching his nephew about three days a week.
That might not have been the end of the world, but the little boy was getting more active, too. OP was having more and more trouble keeping him under control, and it was starting to impact his work.
His Brother and Sister-In-Law Were Purring Even More Demands on Him
At the same time, OP’s brother and sister-in-law were starting to put even more demands on him.
One day recently, OP’s sister-in-law came to pick up her son after work. While there, she pointed out several pieces of furniture that OP needed to get rid of because they were dangerous for children.
She even told OP they were thinking about having a daughter, so he needed to make his place safe. OP thinks she was only half-kidding.
Not long after that, OP was talking to his brother and sister-in-law about a trip he planned to take with his girlfriend. It had been in the works for a long time, and he’d be gone about a week and a half.
You Can’t Take ‘Childish’ Vacations!
When the couple heard the details of his trip, they jumped all over OP and said that he needed to grow up. He couldn’t be taking “childish” vacations because he had responsibilities as an uncle.
That flipped OP’s switch and he told them their monster of a kid wasn’t his responsibility. He wasn’t the one who chose to have a baby in the first place, after all.
Things got pretty heated between them, and OP admits that he said some really awful things, laced with profanities. His brother and sister-in-law stormed out, and they haven’t spoken since.
But OP got an earful from his parents, who said it’s his responsibility as an uncle to help take care of his nephew. And even his sister-in-law’s parents called up to chew him out.
Does He Have To Take Care of His Nephew?
The attacks from his family sent OP into a spiral of tears and self-doubt. Now he wonders if he was in the wrong and really does have a responsibility to take care of his nephew.
OP thinks he deserves his own life, but he also doesn’t want to be cut out of the family.
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