He Saved $350,000 for His Future Grandkids But When His Only Daughter Said She Got Her Tubes Tied, He Made Other Plans for the Money

John and his wife Mary, who have only one daughter, Sarah, face a dilemma when Sarah decides not to have kids, causing tension over the money they had saved up for their future grandkids.

Medical Complications

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John and his wife, Mary, always wished they could have had more children, but due to medical complications, they only had one daughter, Sarah, who is now 30 years old. They made long-term investments that paid off, and now they have almost $350K saved up to help raise their future grandkids and cover their college expenses.

She Had Her Tubes Tied

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John and Mary never pressured Sarah to have children, but she knew about the money and what it was intended for. When Sarah recently made the decision not to have kids and had a tubal ligation, John was disappointed but understood that it was her life and her choice.

Punished for Not Having Kids

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However, when Sarah brought up the topic of the money they had saved for their future grandkids at a lunch at their house, John and Mary told her that they would use the money differently now, such as for travel and retirement. Sarah became upset and accused them of punishing her for not having kids and taking away the money that she would have used if she had children.

Storming to Social Media

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The situation became tense, and Sarah stormed out after the argument. She also posted about it on social media, and John and Mary received unpleasant messages from her friends expressing their disapproval of their actions.

Specifically for the Grandkids

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John and Mary never intended to punish Sarah, and they still plan to leave her whatever money or properties they have when they pass away. However, they saved that money specifically to support their future grandkids, and now that they know they won’t have any, they decided to use it for their own purposes.

Reddit’s Stance

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John turned to Reddit for advice, and many commenters empathized with his situation, while others criticized Sarah for expecting her parents to use the money for her now that she wouldn’t be having children. Some advised John to have an open and honest conversation with Sarah and explain their perspective, while others suggested seeking a family therapist to work through their issues.

Money is Always an Issue

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John realized that he needed to respect Sarah’s decision and not pressure her to have children, but he also hoped that they could find a way to reconcile and move forward as a family. He knew that the money was a sensitive topic, but he also believed that they had the right to use it as they saw fit.

The Internet Responded

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This commenter wrote, “OP is definitely not the jerk. I wonder if the daughter had the tubal ligation assuming she would still get the money and that was a way to do it without having to wait for her parents to pass away, or for them to accept there would be no grand kids. I don’t know about anyone else, but I’ve never had the urge to tell my mother, or anyone else for that matter, that I had a vasectomy.”

More Internet Comments

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Another person commented with this opinion, “It is a dream to be able to save up something like that before hitting 60, it would make the later days so much easier. The parents definitely deserve it, it’s their hard earned money which they would choose to present to hypothetical grandkids. OP is not the jerk here.”

A Final Comment

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This last person wrote, “your daughter mistakingly got it in her head that the funds intended for grandchildren would automatically be transferred to her. She’s not entitled to anything apart from the money she earns herself. I hope you retire soon and you daughter realizes her mistakes.”

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