A 19-year-old’s mom and dad accused him of interfering with their parenting when he told his little brother there were no monsters in the basement.
The teenager posted what happened on Reddit’s “Am I the A******” forum. His 7-year-old brother AJ was terrified of the basement because he feared a monster lived there, so the siblings’ parents would use the threat of being sent to the basement to get AJ to behave. But the big brother didn’t think it was fair his little brother had to live in fear.
To help AJ out, the Reddit user took his brother into the basement with the lights on to show him it was monster-free. After that, he said, his brother was no longer afraid.
“He pretty much wasn’t scared anymore and when my parents got home he made them watch him go downstairs by himself,” he wrote. “My dad said I didn’t have a right to interfere with their parenting and I crossed some line. […] It feels like I did do something wrong now. Like yeah my parents sorta used to be the same with me as a kid. Telling me they’re gonna leave me with that guy over there if I don’t stop crying at the store. So I feel like maybe I did ruin that for them. But also it didn’t feel right to let AJ keep being scared like that of something in the house.”
Reddit users understood why the brother made his choice, and largely sided with him over his parents.
“What your parents were doing wasn’t parenting, it was torture,” one user wrote.
“Your parents need to take parenting classes,” someone else said.
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