Woman Forced To Babysit Leaves The Baby Unattended. Who Is To Be Blamed.

If you don’t have children of your own, it’s typical that you won’t want to babysit. Even not wanting to see your own children is common. But in the following story, this mother raises the bar for refusing to watch children to a new, contentious level. Having very clearly said that she did not want to babysit, this aunt’s refusal to watch her nephew and wonders if she is wrong for failing to look after a child she promised not to look after. Read the story and share your views

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I (28f) am childfree, I don’t even really like kids. My sister (23f Amber) has a kid and because it’s a pretty close knit family she’s pretty used to everyone pitching in to help. She said she was going out for a few hours and was stopping at my house to pick up a package delivered to me by mistake (we have the same street number on similar sounding streets – think 25 Hursh and 25 Hurst so this happens pretty often).

When Amber got to my house she put down her kid and said “thanks for watching him by the way” I asked her what she was talking about, she said she was thanking me for watching her kid as well. I said that I never agreed to it and was not okay with that but she said “we’re sisters, family helps family” and ended up leaving.

So I didn’t. I left the kid right in my entryway where Amber left him and just went about my day. I didn’t leave the house or anything but I said I’m not a babysitter and I wasn’t one. Well, Amber got mad at me when she came back four hours later and the kid had a full diaper and was crying when he saw her. I told her I said I wasn’t watching her kid and she’s lucky I didn’t call the police, but Amber said that not wanting to babysit doesn’t mean you don’t do it.

The entire family sides with her and Amber says she’s cutting me off until I apologize and make more of an effort with “my nephew”. I’ve gotten nasty messages from relatives galore and the only one who doesn’t think of me as a raging bi***h is my dad who isn’t involved at all in family drama. I do love my sister and understand family is family but am I really TA for not doing a job I expressly said I don’t want?

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