If She Moves, She Could Make Her Mom and Sister Homeless But She’s Unhappy

Someone on a popular online community shared her story of wanting to move but fearing making her mom and sister homeless. She wants her independence and is very responsible for her family.

Taking Care of Mom and Her Sister

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The original poster (OP) explained that she lives in an apartment with her mom and sister. She goes to school, takes care of her household responsibilities, and pays rent. She cleans up after herself and everyone else. Even though she pays rent, OP said her mom still treats her like a child and expects her to follow all her rules.

Mom Sets Strict Rules For Daughter 

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This included attending church and doing church activities until OP started working more and changed her college schedule. OP also has a curfew and strict rules about going out and having people over. She has to ask permission and can be denied for any reason. OP has a girlfriend and can’t do more than hold her hand when she comes over.

OP’s College Money is Gone 

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They must be watched, and OP isn’t allowed to go to her girlfriend’s unless someone else is home at both houses. OP has told her mother that she wants to be treated more like an adult, but she refuses, saying it’s her house and, therefore, her rules. OP is supposed to be getting child support to cover her college education, but it ends up going to her mom for rent.

OP Wants to Move

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OP thinks she should be treated more like a roommate because, technically, she is. OP’s girlfriend is moving to a city OP loves for college. It’s quite a ways away, but OP said it is beautiful and much warmer than where she is. She is considering moving with her girlfriend. If she moves, her mom will lose child support; since the apartment is a three-bedroom, she could also lose that.

OP said she doesn’t want to leave them homeless but needs independence and wants to stay close to her girlfriend. One of OP’s friends said she shouldn’t go because her sister hasn’t done anything wrong and needs a roof over her head.

What Others Advise

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The online community wholeheartedly supported OP in making the move.

One user said, “NTA Your mother can downsize, and you’re an adult that should be out experiencing life if you can afford it. You are not responsible for housing your mother and sister.”

Another user had some excellent advice for OP. “Give her notice. Tell her that you are an adult, and because she has given you the ultimatum of “it’s her house and her rules,” you believe that you should move out. Make sure to include that as you contribute to the bills but get treated as a child. It is not a healthy environment for you. If she argues and makes a scene or threats, end the conversation on the spot and say, “I’m sorry you are unable to be an adult about this.” Make sure you have all important documents (birth certificate, social security card, and anything else) in your possession, as she might try to keep them from you.”

Should OP move out and go with her girlfriend? Or should she stay to ensure her mother and sister aren’t homeless? How would you react in this situation?

His Wife Makes Substantially More Money But Refuses To Support His Elderly Parents

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A 47-year-old husband, the OP (original poster), turned to an online forum with his frustrations about his wife not pitching in to support his parents financially. He agrees it is not her responsibility, but she makes significantly more money than he does. She refused, and OP didn’t understand her reasoning or the hostility or shock he received from the forum. Here is his story.

A Couple Fights Over the Back-to-School Budget Despite Having a $2+ Million Net Worth

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The best marriages have difficulties, and many challenges often deal with financial situations that must be resolved.  Couples must have conversations about their money handling and deal with disputes when they occur to stay calm through years of potential misunderstanding.

Are You Being Too Courteous For Your Own Good? You May Be By Doing These Things

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Are you sometimes courteous to some people out of fear of offending them and worrying about what they think of you? Being respectful to others is a sign of good character, but you may be going too far. You may be helping others when you lack time to do your chores. Learn to say ‘no’ before committing to do things for others. You may be too polite for your good.

10 Things People Associated With Rich People When They Were Kids

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When we were kids, certain things always seemed to be associated with wealth and luxury. Let’s look at ten things members of an online forum, as kids, believed only belonged to the rich.

22 Dead Giveaways That Someone Grew Up Poor Long After Escaping Poverty

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Being poor is not a choice but often a reflection of society and should never be a mark of shame. Those who grew up poor have a mindset that is not easy to shake long after escaping poverty. The residual effects of feeling hunger and cold bring back memories that spurred gratitude, resourcefulness,  and nostalgia by some who shared their experiences on a popular online community, answering, What are dead giveaways that someone grew up poor?” I recognized similar incidents familiar to me, bringing back memories from my upbringing. 

This article was produced and syndicated by The Cents of Money.

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