A double-duty mom sparked outrage on Reddit after she ditched her teenage daughter to go out on Valentine’s Day. The girl had to play mommy instead of celebrating with her friends. Here is the full story.
Just the Three of Them
OP is a 36-year-old woman whose 17-year-old daughter is a teen mother.
She Had an Abortion
It’s been a rough few years for OP and her daughter, who first got pregnant at 14.
They found out about that baby early, and the girl had an abortion.
She Kept the Second Baby
But just a few months later, OP’s daughter got pregnant again.
This time, she decided to keep the baby, even though OP was against that idea.
It Was Her Responsibility
So OP told her daughter that the child was going to be her responsibility and she’d have to take care of it.
She Couldn’t Resist
Once her granddaughter arrived, though, OP found it impossible to just strap her own young daughter with all the child-rearing responsibilities on her own.
She Wanted to Help
And OP wanted her daughter to finish school.
She also loved her granddaughter and spending time with her.
She Did All She Could
As a single mom, OP was already working multiple jobs.
Once the baby came, she shifted to working evening and night schedules so she could watch the baby during the day.
There Was No Free Time
That let OP’s daughter keep going to school, but it also left OP no free time for herself or any sort of social life.
She Had to Suck It Up
For the most part, OP figured there wasn’t much choice in the matter, and she’d just have to make do with the lemons life had served her.
They Had Big Plans
But as last Valentine’s Day approached, OP overheard her daughter talking on the phone to a friend.
The two girls were making plans.
Mom Had No Life
At some point, OP’s daughter said she would be free because her mom would watch the baby.
OP had no life, her daughter said.
She Felt Betrayed
That really stung OP after all she’d sacrificed. And it also riled her up a little.
He Made Her Nervous
The same day, a guy OP had been talking to asked her out for Valentine’s day.
She had been uneasy about it because she hadn’t been on a date for 6 years.
She Knew What She’d Be Doing
And OP also figured she would be taking care of her granddaughter.
She Said Yes!
But after hearing the way her daughter talked about her, OP decided to take the plunge.
She told her guy friend that she would go out with him on Valentine’s Day, after all.
She Changed Her Tune
When OP told her daughter about the date, the girl was happy for her at first.
But then her gears started turning and the girl realized there might be consequences for her.
She Was on the Hook
OP’s daughter asked if she would be taking the baby with her on the date. OP told her there was no way that was going to happen and that the teenager would have to cancel any plans she might have and stay home.
She Chose Some Rando
That sent OP’s daughter into a frenzy of emotions.
She cried and screamed, calling her mother selfish for picking a guy over her and making her cancel her own date.
More Determined Than Ever
OP knew her daughter wouldn’t be happy, but she didn’t expect the outburst.
It made her a little angry, too, and more resolute.
She Followed Through
In the end, OP ended up going on her date as planned, and her daughter had to stay home with the little girl.
She Had a Lesson to Teach
Even weeks later, though, the girl was still angry, and she was barely speaking to her mom.
OP feels bad for making her daughter miss out on something, but she also wanted to teach her a lesson.
They Have Mixed Feelings
OP’s sister thinks she did the right thing, but her friend thinks she should have held off on the tough love until after Valentine’s Day.
She Did the Right Thing
Redditors, on the other hand, overwhelmingly support OP’s position and think she was right to take a stance.
Her Daughter Needs to Learn
Many of them think it’s a little late to start teaching her daughter responsibility, but she has to try.
And some point out that OP deserves to have a life, too, so the date was important for more than just teaching the girl a lesson.
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