She Can’t Stand Kids So Why Should She Be Obliged to Babysit Her Cousin’s Baby?

OP, a 20-year-old female recently visited her extended family upstate, which included her grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Her cousin was there with her baby. 

She Was Honest From the Beginning

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Despite her family’s knowledge that the Original Poster (OP) does not like children and may never do so, she managed to spend some time with the baby during her last few visits to her cousin (C) and her family.

Not So Bad

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To OP’s surprise, the baby and the rest of her family were not too difficult to handle during those visits.

A Difficult Child

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During the latest visit, however, OP found that the baby, who had previously been manageable during visits, became a difficult child to handle.

She constantly screamed, cried, and threw tantrums, even throwing objects across the room.

Enduring the Noise

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As OP and the baby were staying in the same house, she had to endure the noise for a few days.

Things Get Worse

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OP chose to distance herself from C and her child during this time, except for one instance when the tantrum caused her to throw OP’s phone to the floor, causing a crack in the corner of the screen.

OP became upset with her cousin and the baby and was accused of overreacting.

Unwanted Babysitting Duty

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OP was watching television in the living room when C entered with the baby, who was fussing.

C asked OP to look after the baby for the day because she needed a break.

Insisting She Helps Out

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However, OP was hesitant to agree, as she had previously mentioned her dislike for children and did not think she could handle a difficult child like this one.

Despite her concerns, C insisted that OP take care of the baby. 

Trying to Avoid Babysitting

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When C asked OP to look after her baby for the day, OP asked if anyone else was available to take care of the child, as she did not want to do so.

Mom Needs a Break

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C responded by stating that everyone else was out shopping and emphasized the difficulties of being a mother.

Doubting Her Abilities

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Despite this, OP reiterated her concerns about taking care of a child and her doubts about her ability to do so.

Heartless

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In response, C called OP heartless and left the room to care for the baby herself.

A Cold Response

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After 15 minutes, everyone returned, and C informed them about OP’s refusal to take care of the baby.

As a result, everyone was cold toward OP for the rest of the day.

She Decided to Leave

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Feeling uncomfortable and unwelcome, OP left the next morning.

Sadness and Anger

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Some family members expressed sadness or anger over her departure, but OP still checked into a hotel.

Having Second Thoughts

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Now, she is having second thoughts about her decision and wondering if she was the one in the wrong for not looking after the baby.

Did She Do the Right Thing?

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A number of Reddit users agree that OP is not in the wrong in this situation and that C (the cousin) was unreasonable to expect OP to babysit her child for an entire day without any prior notice or discussion.

Different Opinions

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Some users argue that C’s behavior is indicative of entitlement and disrespect for other people’s time and boundaries and that it’s not fair for her to assume that other people will be able or willing to care for her child just because they’re family.

Others suggest that C should have respected OP’s aversion to children and not put her in a position where she felt uncomfortable or unsafe.

They point out that caring for a young child requires a certain level of knowledge and experience and that it’s not reasonable to expect someone who has never done it before to do so without any support or guidance.

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