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Parents Blame Teen For Not Watching Her Autistic Brother Even Though She Said She Wouldn’t
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Parents Blame Teen For Not Watching Her Autistic Brother Even Though She Said She Wouldn’t

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Adolescence is tiring. And Reddit user Technical-Alps6831 believes her days would be a whole lot easier if it wasn’t for her parents.

The 19-year-old, who is still living with them, feels like her younger brother is already capable of taking care of himself, which includes bearing the responsibility for his actions. However, when he snuck into her room and inadvertently got high off her edibles, their mom and dad blamed her.

So she told the story to the subreddit ‘Am I the [Jerk]?‘ to get a better understanding of the situation.

This teenager thought she had her edibles well hidden, but her younger brother still found them

Image credits: Zinkevych_D / envanto (not the actual photo)

So their parents took strong measures to make sure it doesn’t happen again

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Image source: Technical-Alps6831

Families need to support each other to work out their everyday life

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Family life can be difficult as it is, but when you add autism into the mix, even ordinary conflicts might become a very big deal.

Therefore, it’s important for the children to feel they’re all cared for and are all making a contribution to the household. This also encourages everyone to pull together as a family and teaches all children valuable skills and independence.

Experts recommend that parents set consistent rules, use strategies to encourage positive behavior in all their children, and try to be fair in handling aggressive or hurtful behavior from all their children as well as work out tasks and chores that suit their children’s different ages, stages of development, strengths and abilities.

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The author of the post said that her parents didn’t seem to be “too against” her cannabis use, so it’s hard to imagine the boundaries that they had settled on before the whole ordeal.

However, her argument that she’s “an adult” doesn’t really stand. As of January 2024, 24 states plus the District of Columbia and three U.S. territories have put in place regulations for the recreational use of marijuana. Recreational use—wherever it has been legalized—is limited to those who are 21 and older.

Autism advocate Lisa Jo Rudy acknowledges that older siblings of autistic children may be frustrated when parents’ attention is pulled to a younger sibling. At at nineteen, however, the young woman, who already thinks of herself as an adult, should have already established her own place not only in her school but also in her family.

So if her parents think that their current arrangement isn’t working, she should at least demonstrate some maturity and work together to find a solution.

Some people who have read the story, are on the teenager’s side

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But the majority blame either her or the entire family for what happened

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CK
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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think parents should not leave their autistic 10 year old to be reluctantly babysat by a 19 year old d**g user.

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Zoe Vokes
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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It’s understandable that they kicked her out - accidents happen but she doesn’t seem to accept any responsibility or show concern for her younger brother. However if they don’t let her live there any more then the 10 year old brother is going to feel guilty and upset about what happened, possibly forever.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She is living with her d**g dealer now. That right there tells you how responsible she is. Kid is lucky he didn't get into her hard d***s.

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Chelsea McKee
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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm so concerned. I wish more people were aware of what homeless services were available in their area.

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CK
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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think parents should not leave their autistic 10 year old to be reluctantly babysat by a 19 year old d**g user.

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Zoe Vokes
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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It’s understandable that they kicked her out - accidents happen but she doesn’t seem to accept any responsibility or show concern for her younger brother. However if they don’t let her live there any more then the 10 year old brother is going to feel guilty and upset about what happened, possibly forever.

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nanofarad
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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She is living with her d**g dealer now. That right there tells you how responsible she is. Kid is lucky he didn't get into her hard d***s.

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Chelsea McKee
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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm so concerned. I wish more people were aware of what homeless services were available in their area.

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