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Teen Loses It On His Deadbeat Mother After She Announces She’s Pregnant Yet Again

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Older siblings are a blessing and are helpful to a parent, but how much slack is an older sibling expected to pick up for a troubled family?

That is something Redditor aitanewbabyprob has been dealing with.

The Original Poster (OP) is an 18 year-old-male and the oldest of five siblings who suspects his mother has “severe mental health issues.”

A recent announcement from his mother resulted in an argument.

He admitted he did not react well and visited the “Am I the A**hole” (AITA) subReddit and asked:

“AITA for how I reacted to my mum’s pregnancy announcement?”

The OP explained:

“So I’ve been trying to figure out how to word this post and stuff for days and I’m very tired so please bear with me re: grammar, spelling, general cohesion etc.”

“I’m the oldest of 5 siblings (not hugely relevant but they’re 7 f[emale], 9 f[emale], 9 m[ale] and 12 f[emale]). Our mum is…well, not the best lets put it that way.”

“I’m sure she has some kind of severe mental health issues but she absolutely refuses to accept that or get diagnosed. She has substance abuse issues and will go on benders for weeks sometimes and has these prolonged manic episodes where she does things like blowing all of our money on designer stuff and gadgets and even vehicles but doesn’t pay the bills or buy food or anything.”

“It’s been this way since I was little, it’s all I’ve ever really known.”

“She has this pattern when she’s had babies where for, like, six months or so she turns into mother of the year and is super attentive and stuff but then the novelty of the new baby wears off and she’s back to same old mum.”

“Since I was 7 and the oldest younger sister was born I’ve been picking up the slack. It’s meant I’ve had to give up/miss out on a lot and had to grow up very very fast.”

“We’re at a point now though where the kids are old enough that they don’t need constant supervision and can be a little bit independent and I can have something of a normal life.”

“I’ve got a boyfriend now and I’m meant to be going to university (albeit at a school close enough I can stay in the same city) in September. Or I was, until a few days ago when Mum excitedly told me she is pregnant again, and due in September.”

“I…did not react well. At first I asked if she was joking, and when I realised she wasn’t I got kind of angry. I shouted a bit that it was so so selfish of her to have another kid when she can’t take care of the one’s she’s got and I can’t believe that she’d do this to me.”

“I’m now not going to be able to move out for uni because I can’t in good faith leave a newborn alone in that situation. I’m also gonna have to give up any semblance of a social life I have and I’m basically back to square one.”

“I raised my voice and ended up crying. She got upset with me, said I spoiled what should be a good thing and said I was being a selfish arsehole who is making it all about me.”

“I’ve been ruminating on it and idk. Maybe she’s right, maybe I did kind of overreact. AITA for getting upset?”

Strangers on the internet were asked to declare one of the following:

  • NTA – Not The A**hole
  • YTA – You’re The A**hole
  • ESH – Everyone Sucks Here
  • NAH – No A**holes Here

Redditors weighed in with their thoughts on the situation.

“The burden of raising these kids has been on you, so it seems natural that you would make her pregnancy announcement about you; if you let it happen then you will be the one raising this kid.”

“On that note, move out for university, develop a life, and report your mom to children’s services.

“You may think you can do a good job ‘taking care of’ all these kids, but you are basically a kid yourself and you didn’t make the irresponsible decision to have kids you don’t want to raise.”

“Yes, addiction is hard, she needs help, but she’s not getting that if you keep cleaning up her messes. Get professionals involved and maybe it will help your mom get her life together.”

“Worse case scenario, you get your education and develop a life and then (if you still want to) you’ll be in a better position to take on raising 5 kids. Right now you aren’t any better for them than your mom is, because you don’t have the education/finances/social support needed.”

“NTA for your reaction, though your mom is certainly making poor choices, You would be an ahole if you sacrificed your life to something that really doesn’t help anyone by giving up your future.”

“This is a hard situation, I hope it works out for the best for you and your siblings.” – nevermissachance

“THIS OP. Do not put your life on hold to fix your mother’s mistakes. All that’s going to do is burn you out and make you resentful. Go live your life.”

“I recommend trying to set some boundaries with your mother ahead of time. Tell her (if you feel safe doing so) that she can have her baby but you won’t be doing the bulk of the care.”

“And if she demands to know why tell her the truth, you’ve taken care of enough of her babies, it’s time she stepped up. Good luck OP.” – Hildringer

“Parentification is what you are taliing about and yes its a form of abuse.” – amadkmimi

“Yes, came here to say this. Parentification. OP, please call your town council’s office for child aid or call protection and welfare services or whatever it is in your area. You need HELP!”

“Your mom has already abused and neglected you and your siblings. You deserve to live your life unchained. These offices will help your younger siblings, you, and also make a plan with your mother for more accountability.” – chickenfightyourmom

“Honestly to me it sounded like the mom knew OP won’t leave if there was another baby, this is sibling trapping OP situation.”

“NTA , I wouldn’t be surprised if you gave up your dreams and stayed for few more years, the minute you think of leaving there would be sibling number 6 on the way.” – miainmian

“Just had to add on–OP, please do not destroy your future by staying to take care of her latest mistake. You, at 18, are not equipped to raise five children for the next 18 years regardless of how you look at it. You can no longer keep this boat from sinking.”

“All you can do it put life preservers on your siblings and then save yourself.”

“Saving yourself means going to university and life preservers for the others means caling CPS. They are the ones best equipped to handle your siblings’ situation.”

“That newborn will be very easy to adopt to a loving home that really wants it.”

“Since you’re 18, there’s a good chance you can get visitation with your siblings even if they go to foster homes. And in a few years, once you’re out of school and have a job, maybe you can even take them in and help them with their own futures.”

“But you have nothing right now to give them but your love, so you need to get yourself set up professionally and financially before that can happen.”

“Best of luck to you.” – AQualityKoalaTeacher

“You needed to have called CPS many times before now, and you’ll need to call CPS if she goes on another one of her ‘benders’ again. I guarantee you the kids will be in a better situation than ‘my mom can’t afford food and bills because she spent it all on drugs and designer bullsh*t.'”

“You can’t put your life on hold to raise another one of her kids. I know you love them and can’t help but to feel responsible for it, but ultimately you can’t just decide to be their parent. Your mom is just going to end up having another kid in 3-5 years anyway.”

“Go to university, and call CPS if ANYTHING happens. NTA”– godrestsinreason

In response, the OP mentioned:

“I was in foster care when I was the twins’ age and without getting too in it I had an incredibly traumatic experience. I’m terrified of it happening to any of the kids.”

Overall, most Redditors declared NTA and agreed the OP should not further neglect taking care of himself for his future.

Koh Mochizuki

Written by Koh Mochizuki

Koh Mochizuki is a New York-based actor and writer. Originally hailing from Los Angeles, he received his B.A. in English literature and is fluent in Japanese. Disney parks are his passion, and endless cups of coffee are a necessity. Instagram: kohster Twitter: @kohster1