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She Faced a Parent’s Worst Nightmare at the Hospital With Her Son, But Her Teen Daughter’s Rebellion Made It a Double-Whammy.

In the tumultuous life of a single mother of three, the Original Poster (OP) finds herself at a crossroads when her middle child falls seriously ill, requiring an urgent hospital visit. With no immediate help available, she turns to her teenage daughter, Polly, to babysit the youngest, setting the stage for an unforeseen rebellion. As the evening unfolds, decisions are made, trust is tested, and the fragile dynamics of family responsibilities come to a boiling point.

A Mother’s Struggle

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OP, a single mother of three, faces numerous challenges raising her children without much support. Their father left when the youngest, Cassie, was just born. Financial constraints and limited help mean OP relies on two sitters occasionally.

Polly’s Independence

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Wanting the best for her oldest, Polly, OP rarely asks her to babysit, even paying her above the minimum wage the one time she did. Polly’s teenage life is important, and OP doesn’t want her to miss out.

Weekend Plans and a Sick Child

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Polly has plans with her friends one Saturday morning. But Trevor, her younger brother, falls ill with a fever, complicating the day. Though not COVID-positive, his deteriorating condition concerns OP.

A Mother’s Dilemma

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With Trevor’s fever spiking, an ER visit becomes inevitable. The sitters aren’t available, so OP turns to Polly for assistance. She promises compensation and even suggests Polly’s friends can come over.

Polly’s Frustration

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Polly reacts with annoyance, suggesting they entrust Cassie to the unfamiliar neighbors. She’s unhappy about the sudden responsibility, but OP emphasizes her urgency and insists her teen daughter stay home to help.

In the Emergency Room

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OP and Trevor wait at the hospital to be seen by the doctor. Polly keeps checking in, hoping for the return of the sitters. But when Trevor’s diagnosis reveals RSV, a hospital stay becomes necessary.

A Harrowing Call

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Calling to update Polly, OP discovers she’s not at home. In the background, voices reveal that Polly’s decision was not what was agreed upon. Instead, Cassie’s been left with the new neighbors.

A Mother’s Fear

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Angry and worried, OP demands Polly retrieve Cassie immediately and take her home. Polly’s resistance further escalates the tension. To ensure Cassie’s safety, OP insists on a FaceTime verification.

Grandma to the Rescue

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OP’s mother decides to drive two hours to help, providing much-needed assistance. She’s instructed to keep Polly at home, ensuring the safety of the younger kids and forcing Polly to abandon the day’s plans she was so insistent on keeping.

Homecoming and a Lecture

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Returning from the hospital the next morning, OP confronts Polly about her selfish actions. She informs her wayward daughter that she is officially grounded for two weeks. She tells her to inform all her friends and cancel all her plans.

A Clash of Perspectives

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Polly retaliates, defending her right to her own plans. OP highlights the rarity of such requests and the significance of the emergency. OP refuses to pay Polly for her time, deepening the rift between them. Polly’s decision, OP believes, doesn’t warrant compensation.

Apologies to a Neighbor

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OP reaches out to the new neighbors, expressing her remorse for the unexpected responsibility thrust upon them by her teenager. Their understanding response contrasts starkly with Polly’s earlier actions.

Polly’s Perspective

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Feeling misunderstood, Polly accuses OP of overreacting. From her teenage point of view, her decisions were justified, and the neighbors seemed nice and willing to help. She doesn’t see what the problem is.

Juxtaposing Priorities

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Both OP and Polly have their priorities – while one is concerned about the well-being of her children, the other is navigating the challenges of teenage life. Despite the conflict, the narrative underscores the unbreakable bond between a mother and her children.

Was The Mother’s Behavior Appropriate?

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OP posts her story online, seeking clarity and advice from the internet community. The readers in the forum had a lot of mixed views on the matter.

Forum Responds

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One reader said, “This was an extreme situation (emergency even), and Polly acted selfishly and irresponsibly. As a bonus, she left a young child with strangers and exposed them to an unknown illness.”

Another Commenter Thinks

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Another responder wrote, “I’d never be able to trust Polly again. RSV can kill a kid, so God forbid something happened to your son. She needs an attitude adjustment right now.”

A Third View on The Story

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A different person stated, “Polly left her eight-year-old sister with strangers so she could hang out with friends while you were dealing with a family emergency. Polly needs consequences for her poor choices here.”

A Final Perspective on the Matter

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Another reader commented, “That’s a groundable offense – doing something you explicitly told her not to. If one of the sitters had responded, I’m sure it would have been no problem for her to wait for the sitter and then go out.”

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