On a bad day, the teen told his parents he doesn't care about "her stupid condition, she isn't terminally ill and doesn't deserve half the attention that you give her."
Recently, a 15-year-old boy took to Reddit to share how he has always had to sacrifice his needs and wants for the sake of his 12-year-old sister who was diagnosed with epilepsy.
"My sister was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was about 6 or 7. Since then, my parents have had a major soft spot for her. It's a very mild form, that usually just causes her to space out and kinda stare off into the distance. She hasn't had any seizures for about 5 years," he shared on the platform's AITA thread.
"Since I was younger, my parents have been babying my sister and prioritizing her needs," he wrote, adding that he never had a problem because it was for his sister. "I've had my devices taken because "electronics are bad for her" and had to stay home from plans to make sure she's safe."
Now, the issue here is that his parents always hover around his sister, and she gets away with not having to do anything. So when they are busy, it becomes OP's responsibility to take care of his sister. "I have had to miss practice and after-school plans with my friends," he shared.
One day, the boy—who is very serious about his studies—was forced to miss his study club because he had to go home and make something for his sister to eat. Angry, he lashed out at his parents, asking them to tell her to make her own food. "When I asked why doesn't sister make her own food, he told me she isn't used to cooking on the stove yet. That made me mad, but I walked home anyway."
A while later, the girl went to her brother's room to ask for his laptop to watch something since she'd had a bad day at school. When he refused because he had to study, the girl immediately told her parents that he didn't lend her his laptop despite him saying he needed it to study.
The OP's dad instantly ordered him to give the laptop to his little sister and threatened that he wouldn't have a laptop if he refused.
The frustrated boy refused and when their mom got home, she tried to take his laptop away. "I lost it and told her that she was the one who made me come home when I could've been using a school laptop to study. I said that they need to let me live instead of making me raise their kid. She left and took my laptop to give to my sister."
"Later, my parents came home and tried to explain to me why they've been so stressed with work, and how they needed me to watch my sister so they have one less thing to worry about. Then they went on the same spiel on how since she used to have epilepsy they don't want her stressed because of her condition."
The angry boy told his parents that he just didn't care about "her stupid condition, she isn't terminally ill and doesn't deserve half the attention that you give her."
"They got mad at me and said I was being selfish by not helping them out and sent me to bed. Then this morning, they didn't speak to me at all," he concluded his post.
Soon enough, fellow Redditors pointed out that OP's parents were expecting too much from him, and at such a young age, which is totally unfair. But, what do you think?
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