This Woman Gave Her Spoilt Niece A Reality Check By Telling Her That Santa Isn’t Real But Her Sister Is Furious – Was She In The Wrong?

The woman told her sheltered niece that Santa isn’t real. Her sister was furious and told her that it isn’t her place to parent her child. Was she in the wrong?

Her Sister Had a ‘Miracle Baby’

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The woman’s sister has a 12-year-old daughter, who she had after struggling with infertility. She added, “Since they view her existence as a miracle, they treat her as one. From the time she could vocalize her wants, she got everything she wanted.”

Her Niece is Spoiled

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She explained, “Whenever our family gets together, we have to do whatever she wants. We have to eat whatever she wants to eat, watch whatever movies she wants to watch, and we had to stop doing Christmas together because she would throw tantrums if my kids got something she wanted.”

The Woman Has Confronted Her Sister

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She keeps telling her sister that she is setting her daughter up for failure but her sister says that kids should be kids and ignores the fact that she’ll be a teenager soon. Her niece doesn’t have any friends at school and has a lot of mannerisms that she should have outgrown. She added, “She doesn’t understand that other kids aren’t going to give her whatever she wants because they don’t see her as a miracle the way her parents do.”

She Wrote a Letter to Santa

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She explained, “Last weekend we were all gathered at my parents’ house and she was writing a letter to Santa like she did every year. Of course, it was pages and pages long with a list of the most outrageous things a 12 year old could think of.”

The Woman Said Santa Isn’t Real

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Her son and her niece ran over to the woman. The niece had been crying but her son looked smug. She explained, “They both asked me if Santa was real. Normally she would never ask me to resolve issues, but her parents weren’t there, and I wasn’t going to coddle her the way her parents did. I said Santa wasn’t real.”

Her Sister Said She Was Lying

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When her sister arrived home, the niece ran over to her and explained what happened. The sister calmed her down and said that the woman was lying and Santa is real. She added, “She said I had no business trying to parent her child. I then told her that she wasn’t parenting her child so someone had to. Maybe the first step to self awareness for her is learning that Santa isn’t real.”

They Haven’t Spoken Since

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She hoped that her sister would see the reality of the situation but has since been ignoring her texts and calls. She added, “When I told my husband about everything, he wasn’t as supportive as I thought he would be. He agrees she is unbearable, but it’s not my place to fix that.”

Was She in the Wrong?

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Was she wrong to say Santa isn’t real? Should she have handled the situation differently?

She Turned to the Internet for Advice

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One user commented, “You are not obligated to lie to your child in order to protect someone else’s lie. It’s different if you had gone out of your way to tell this child Santa not real, but that’s not how this all played out.”

Someone Else Shared Their Opinion

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“Seems like people in your family dislike your niece because of how her parents treat her, her parents have this whole crazy idea about her because of things that happened to them before she was even born… she is gonna need a lot of therapy in the future to figure out who she is.”

Another Person Commented

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“I think you decided to say Santa’s not real instead of ‘ask your mom’ because it would cause a reaction. That’s the only reason you did. Your sister sucks all around for her parenting choices but I think you chose the wrong battle here. Realistically you don’t have the same authority to parent your niece.”

Someone Shared Their Perspective

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“I really feel for this girl because her upbringing isn’t her fault. She’s going to have such a rough go at it until, hopefully, she cuts the umbilical cord and realizes that she can make her own choices for herself.”

One commenter sided with the woman. “12-years-old and still writing to Santa? That kid is going to get bullied at school with no one else to blame but her parents.”

Another User Commented

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“Appears both you and your son are proud of yourselves for your unkind behavior. None of what you describe about her behavior gives you the right to be purposely nasty to a 12-year-old. You knew exactly what you were doing and knew damn well you were not helping in any way.”

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