A woman was financially supporting her sister and her sister’s baby until the sister announced that she was pregnant again. The woman decided to financially cut off her sister but this caused chaos in the family.
Her Sister Has a 7 Month Old
She explained, “I’m 22 and she’s 25. My sister’s son is 7 months old and the father is not in her baby’s life at all.”
The Woman Was Financially Supporting Them
She had been financially supporting her sister and her sister’s baby while her sister looked for a job to be able to pay the bills on her own.
Her Sister Announced She Was Pregnant Again
One day, her sister called her excitedly and stated that she had some big news. The woman explained, “Deep down in my heart I already knew what she was about to say and my intuition was confirmed when she said she was pregnant again.”
The Sister Had Met a New Guy
Her sister revealed that she had met a new man, that she hadn’t told her family about yet, and gushed about how well he treated her and the baby. The woman added, “She really feels like he’s the one and she can’t wait for the family she was supposed to have.”
She Didn’t Think the Relationship Would Last
The woman explained, “I basically laid it out straight to her. She hasn’t been dating this guy for very long, and yet she’s already pregnant and wanting to marry him simply because he treats her and the baby “nicely”. He isn’t helping with bills, or providing in any way.”
Her Sister Retaliated
Her sister told her that she was being ‘fake’ and wasn’t acting like family. She revealed that their mother had been encouraging the relationship and sharing her similar experiences with their stepfather.
She Stopped Financially Supporting Her Sister
The woman told her sister that she couldn’t support her or any more children. She said, “I’m not pressuring you into anything. This is your choice, but I refuse to be financing this choice. You’re on your own. I can’t enable you to dig yourself further in holes you can’t climb out of because of irresponsible unplanned pregnancies.”
Her Sister and Mother Were Upset
The sister didn’t take the news well and began to cry and complain that the woman didn’t want her to be happy. Their mother also disapproved of the woman’s actions. She added, “I do feel bad. I don’t think I worded it the best, nor should I have called her irresponsible.”
Was She in the Wrong?
Was she right to cut off her sister? Should she have handled the situation differently?
She Turned to the Internet for Advice
One user said, “You could’ve worded it better, but you’re on the money, it’s an irresponsible decision and she should know better. She’s not entitled to your financial support and you have the right to cut that off.”
Another Person Agreed
“You should have just congratulated her and told her that you will need to stop supporting her financially because you will need to take care of yourself – as should she.”
Another Gave Their Perspective
“I don’t think she should have been nicer with her words. Her sister is an irresponsible, entitled leech. What does she expect her to do? Provide for her for the rest of her life while she gets repeatedly knocked up by every “true love” she meets?”
“Your mother and sister are delusional. I had a very hard time distinguishing the line between helping and enabling until I was nearly 40. Your sister will never become an adult without facing her own consequences.”
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