Woman Refuses to Babysit Nephews on Beach Vacation

Gillian Sisley

Should family always be available to lend a hand?

Childcare can be difficult to secure for a lot of parents, especially new parents who may not trust just anybody to look after their kids. In these cases, it is often family who will help with the children.

This was only accentuated during the pandemic when access to affordable child care became an even greater challenge than before.

These realities were highlighted in a recent online post in which a new mother brings her children along on her sister’s vacation, and then becomes angry at her sister for not babysitting the kids so that she can have a break.

Should family always be available to lend a hand?

A Reddit post published on August 1st, reported on by Ashley Gale from Newsweek, has gone viral with 12,900 upvotes and 1,900 comments.

The author begins her post by explaining that her older sister has two children, a 2-year-old son and a newborn child. The older sister also seems to have difficulty taking care of her children on her own, and so the author's mother will often help her out.

With that said, the author planned a rather expensive beach vacation with her mother over a year ago, and had been looking forward to this for some time. However, a month before the vacation her mother decided that her sister would come along with the kids on their beach vacation.

The author was nervous about the situation, as she was worried that she would be forced to babysit and she had no interest in doing that. Unfortunately, her fear of being a constant babysitter during her own vacation became a reality fairly quickly.

Childcare should not be forced on family who don't want to participate.

The author goes on to explain that when she started to need alone time, she could never get away from her 2-year-old nephew. He would follow her everywhere she went, asking for her to play with him. Her mom and sister were always occupied with the baby, or on their phones.

Shockingly though, the author's sister later went up to her and told her that she was ‘ruining her vacation’ because she ‘makes a long face all the time' when asked to care for her nephew. The author then retorted that it was in fact her sister who was ruining her vacation because she paid for everything and yet her sister had still brought her children along and forced the author to babysit against her will.

The sister then shamed the author for not being happy that she was playing with her 2-year-old nephew, and the mother sided with the sister as well. The two of them have told her that there's "something wrong with her" if she wasn't enjoying babysitting her nephews.

What do you think? Are the mom and sister right in that there's ‘something wrong’ with the author if she doesn't want to spend her entire vacation babysitting her nephews? Or are they in the wrong for sabotaging the author's vacation by forcing her to babysit rather than enjoy herself?

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