A Reddit user voiced her concerns after her daughter asked to move back in with her (following a messy divorce) and she told her no.
He Was Cheating On Her
The Original Poster (OP) is a 45-year-old mother whose daughter (Mallory) married 3 years ago. Mallory, who is 24 years old, has two children aged 2 and 6 months.
Recently, Mallory’s husband revealed that he has been cheating on her and is leaving her for another woman.
She Has to Move Out
Mallory and her husband rented a house, but due to Mallory’s lack of credit at the time of moving in, only her husband’s name is on the lease. He is giving Mallory 30 days to move out.
Trying to Comfort Her
Mallory is understandably distraught due to her recent separation from her husband and the fact that he had been cheating on her.
OP has been doing all she can to comfort Mallory during this difficult time.
She Asked Her Mom If She Could Move In
Mallory has asked if she could move in with OP, explaining that she would have her children every other week.
She assured OP that she is not looking for childcare as both of her kids are in daycare. Mallory has offered to pay rent and chip in on groceries if she moves in with OP.
OP Is Conflicted
OP has always raised her children to be independent, encouraging them to start doing things independently as they grow older.
Mallory moved out when she was 19 years old to move in with her soon-to-be ex-husband.
OP’s sons are currently freshmen at the same university and plan to move out after graduating from college.
Offering Up a Different Solution
OP asked Mallory about her credit score, and Mallory responded that she could reasonably rent a new place.
OP then offered to pay the first month’s rent, the last month’s rent, a deposit, and six months’ rent in advance.
She Just Wanted Support
However, Mallory declined the offer, stating that it was not about the money.
While she’s not wealthy by any means, she does well for herself, and her soon-to-be ex-husband has already agreed to give her money weekly, even before they go to court.
What Mallory really wants is emotional support during this tough time.
Her Mom Made Her Cry
OP told Mallory she could provide emotional support even if she lived in her own place.
However, Mallory started to cry and explained that she just needs her mom right now.
In response, OP reassured her daughter and told her that everything was going to be okay.
More Angry Family Members
OP’s sons are angry with her over her decision regarding Mallory’s situation. They pointed out that she has plenty of room for Mallory to stay and that she has offered to pay rent.
They also noted that Mallory is responsible and that her toddler is well-behaved.
Is OP in the Wrong?
However, OP still feels that they cannot accommodate Mallory’s request to move in with them.
Despite this reasoning, OP’s sons have accused her of being heartless.
Reddit Community Comments
Reddit users are calling the mother insensitive for not offering emotional support and not allowing her daughter to move in.
One commenter stated “This is quite sad. Usually, you read on here about financial hardships, but today I read something far more upsetting. Your daughter doesn’t need tough love right now – she’s not a teenager that is going through a breakup or a child who needs to learn that the world is tough – she needs her mom.”
Seeing Both Sides
Others are stating that the mother is being financially generous by offering to pay rent for a new place.
Many users are sharing personal experiences of receiving emotional support from their parents and expressing sympathy for Mallory’s situation.
What do you think? Should OP let the daughter move back in?
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