Going through puberty is hard enough on its own, let alone doing so with no privacy.
That’s the situation a teenager on Reddit found himself in when his mother wanted him to share a bedroom with his four-year-old sister.
So the teen, who goes by the name AsyncronousCoder on the site, went to the AITA (Am I The A**hole) subReddit for some perspective.
The Original Poster (OP) asked:
“AITA for refusing to share a room with my sister?”
“I (14m[ale]) was having a discussion with my mother when she bought up me sharing a room with my sister (4f[emale]).”
“I asked her what she meant and she told me that she wanted me and my sister to share the master bedroom, so that we could have a playroom in the middle bedroom, and I’d have a computer room in the back (their bedroom is downstairs).”
“I politely explained to her that whilst I love my sister, I didn’t want to share a room with her. I gave several reasons which I feel are valid:”
“I’m going through puberty and want my own space”
“I don’t want my sister to wake me up in the rare event I get to lie in”
“Her playroom would be much bigger than my computer room”
“I watch TV to help me sleep, but my mum said if she wakes up due to it, I’d have to stop doing it”
“She refused to listen to me and told me that everyone needs to compromise; I told her she was being selfish.”
“Edit: Thank you all for your kind words of support. I looked into it and found that it is, in fact, illegal. I showed her the law and she backed down.”
“Edit 2: thanks for the awards guys!”
OP’s fellow Redditors were then asked to weigh in on who is in the wrong in this situation using the following acronyms:
- NTA – Not The A**hole
- YTA – You’re The A**hole
- ESH – Everyone Sucks Here
- NAH – No A**holes Here
And they were in nearly universal agreement on who is the a**hole here.
“NTA that’s a huge age gap and an unnecessary living situation. How is you sharing a room with your sister a compromise?! I wouldn’t want to share my room either in your situation.”
“I hope she respects your wishes and doesn’t force the issue. Sounds like she’s putting your sister’s ‘playroom’ over your needs.” —salukiqueen
“If you have a 4 bed house and this few people, there is no need for you to share a room. Is she trying to get free nighttime/morning babysitting from you or something? NTA.” —loxima