A young man sparked outrage on Reddit when he revealed that his family only wanted him on their vacations to provide free childcare. But now he’s ready to shake things up, big time! Here is his full story.
Free Babysitting Duties Made Him Move Out of Home
OP is a 23-year-old man who still lived at his parents’ home until recently, when he felt like he had no choice to move out.
The reason for OP’s exit wasn’t because of the typical parental pressure young people face to get a job, go to college, or just generally live their lives the right way.
Instead, OP had to leave in order to escape constant babysitting duties. That’s because his sister also lives at their parents’ place, along with her husband and triplet sons.
More times than he could count, OP got roped into taking care of his three nephews when the other adults in the house had something else to do.
It Was Starting To Feel Like an Unpaid Full-Time Job
He didn’t mind doing it once in a while, but it was starting to become like a full-time job.
And it was an unpaid job, at that, as OP had to work for free since he was already in the house.
After he moved out, OP agreed to go on a vacation with his family, on two conditions. His parents had to pay his way, and he wouldn’t have to watch the triplets.
OP’s parents kept the first part of the bargain and paid for his vacation, but the whole family slipped into old habits once they were at their beach location. His sister wanted some time off, too, so OP ended up with the kids.
He Never Had Any Fun Time
OP struggled to get some fun time during the whole trip, but he finally talked the other adults into going to an art gallery.
The boys whined and fussed so much while they were there, though, OP was miserable and couldn’t enjoy himself.
When it was time for the next family vacation, OP again agreed to go. But this time he was only going to go if he could drive himself and pay for his own hotel, away from the rest of the family.
OP wasn’t taking any chances and wanted to put some distance between himself and his sister and her kids.
“The Least You Can Do Is Help With the Kids Since You Have No Life”
OP’s parents were surprised by his stance, and his sister was furious when she heard about his plans. She said he was trying to ruin her vacation by doing his own thing while she was stuck with the kids.
OP’s sister saw his Reddit post not long after it went live, and she called to read him the riot act. She told him the least he could do was help with the kids since he had no life.
But OP was recording that conversation and shared it with his parents. They took up the matter with his sister, and that confrontation got very heated.
In the end, OP’s parents canceled their family vacation entirely, and they promised him he’d never get railroaded into taking care of his nephews again.
It All Blew Up
Now, OP’s sister is furious and hysterical, and her sons are crying because they can’t go to the beach. For his part, her husband is staying out of the whole thing.
OP feels bad that the family blew up over this, but he’s standing his ground and is finally starting to feel like a real adult.
Reddit commenters fully support OP and his decision to stand up for himself. Most of them think he should have done it a lot earlier.
His Sister Is Acting Like a Spoiled Brat
Many Redditors say that OP’s sister is acting like a spoiled brat, and that she never realized how lucky she was to have him until he’d had enough.
They don’t understand why she thinks she and her husband deserve a break from their own kids at the expense of her brother.
So, what do you think of this story?
Was OP justified for finally putting his foot down so he could enjoy his vacation, too?
Or is he making too much of a situation that isn’t that big of a deal?
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