Emma found herself at a distressing family dinner where a conversation about religion escalated into a heated argument with her father. Overwhelmed, she took a mental health break from the environment, receiving manipulative messages from her parents in response.
The Family Dinner
As Emma (17), her mother, and her father gathered around the dinner table, a conversation about religion escalated into a heated argument.
Her Dad Talked About Religion
While Emma was open to the concept of religion, she said she was tired of her father’s persistent focus on apocalyptic scenarios and his attempts to scare her into embracing his beliefs.
She Replied With Attitude
Feeling overwhelmed, Emma couldn’t help but respond with a hint of attitude, for which she later apologized.
He Didn’t Acknowledge Her Apology
However, her father’s reaction to the situation was far from understandable. As Emma rose to wash her dishes, he demanded that she sit back down, failing to acknowledge her apology.
She Locked Him Out
However, Emma decided to leave the table and retreat to her room, locking the door in fear of her father’s temper, which had led to violent outbursts in the past.
Her Dad Banged on the Door
Furious, her dad banged on the door and insisted that she open it, which only intensified her anxiety.
She Had a Panic Attack
Faced with her father’s aggressive behavior, Emma tried to explain her feelings, struggling through a panic attack.
He Accused Her of Disrespecting God
In the midst of her distress, her father continued to berate her, accusing her of disrespect and showing a lack of interest in learning about God.
Her Begging Didn’t Matter
Emma pleaded with him to listen to her, but he responded with disdain, declaring that she was “not of God.”
She Should Figure Out What to Do With Her Life
He said, “Since you’re disrespectful and think you’re grown, let’s talk like you’re a woman.”
Then he said that as Emma would be 18 in a couple of weeks, she should figure out what to do with her life, and then he left.
She Wanted a Mental Health Break
Later, in an attempt to de-escalate the situation and protect her own well-being, Emma decided to take a mental health break from her family environment.
She Went to Her Sister’s Place
She packed a bag and reached out to her sister for support.
She Explained Things to Her Mother
Emma left after she emphasized to her mother that she was not running away but simply needed some time away from home to find peace and clarity.
Her Parents Sent Her Manipulative Messages
Despite her explanation, her parents responded with manipulative messages, disregarding her plea for understanding.
She Needed This Break
Throughout the ordeal, Emma wrestled with guilt, questioning if her actions had initiated the conflict.
Yet, in her heart, she knew that her desire for a mental health break was a valid and necessary step towards self-care and emotional healing.
She Was Told to Get Out
Things turned ugly when her father texted her, saying that she had to get her stuff out in two weeks.
Had She Gone Too Far?
Emma felt hurt about what happened, and she took to Reddit to ask whether she was in the wrong. Several Redditors sided with Emma, saying that she was not wrong.
He Needs a Reality Check!
One Reddit user wrote, “Your dad needs a serious reality check and maybe some therapy. I am so sorry that he reacted as he did, and I hope you have found a safe place with your sister. Please get out of that house asap.”
“Jesus, Protect Me From Your Fan Club”
Another Redditor commented, “People like your dad are why I say “Jesus, protect me from your fan club, amen.” Freedom OF religion must always necessarily include freedom FROM religion.”
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