A recent thread on a popular subreddit saw a mother asking if she was in the wrong for not letting her daughter move back home.
Mother Brought up Three Children
This mother has three children, two girls aged 25 and 13 and a 16-year-old son.
Flying the Nest
Three years ago, their oldest daughter moved out with her boyfriend, and they got an apartment.
A Steady Relationship
Her daughter had been with her boyfriend for four years before that, and the mother stresses, “it wasn’t like she ran off with some guy she just met.”
An Issue Arises
The parents supported their daughter’s decision, as she was old enough and working full time.
The issue, however, stems from rent.
Rising Rental Prices
Since her daughter moved out, the rent in their area has more than doubled.
No Longer Able to Afford the Rent
Recently her daughter’s landlord raised the rent by 40% in 3 months, and they could no longer afford to stay there.
The mother says they weren’t swimming in cash before the rent increase, and they need more to cover initial rent payments on top of a security deposit for a new apartment, not that there’s much in their price range anyway.
Nowhere to Go
Initially, her daughter planned to move in with her boyfriend’s parents for a few months to save money and look for a cheap apartment.
However, her boyfriend’s parents wouldn’t let her move in with them.
Moving Back In
So her daughter came to her mother with an idea: she would move back in with her mom, and her boyfriend would move back in with his parents to save money.
She promised she would only be there for six months maximum.
Teaching a Lesson in Life
However, this mother talked it over with her husband, and they didn’t feel it was appropriate.
The mother thinks she needs to learn to take care of herself as an adult and stop relying on handouts from her parents.
All Rent and No Savings
Her daughter offered to pay rent, but the mother would only agree to that if her daughter were paying the market average plus her share of utilities, which would mean she couldn’t save up like she intended to.
Overcrowded Living Conditions
Because her parents haven’t offered her any help, she’s had to move into a two-bedroom apartment that she shares with six other people, some of whom she finds “sketchy.”
A Fractured Relationship
The mother says she feels for her daughter but still thinks it’s her responsibility.
The mother ends the post by explaining that this may have impacted their relationship, as her daughter doesn’t call much anymore.
She Is Your Daughter!
The Reddit community loved DamnGoodOwls comment, which got a huge 70,000 upvotes.
Their verdict was that she was in the wrong saying, “Seriously? Your daughter is an adult, but she’s still your daughter? She’s not relying on handouts. She’s offered to pay rent. You’re really gonna charge her the market average to live at home? She even gave you a timeline. I think you’re being unreasonable.”
They continued, “You completely acknowledge that she was done over, but yet you’re willing to let her struggle when you presumably have the space? There’s wanting for her to learn to be an adult, and there’s being unreasonable.”
Financial-Tear-7809 agreed, saying, “And then she has the gall to wonder if it impacted their relationship. Lady, how would you feel if the situation was reversed? You’d better pray nothing similar happens to you cause she’ll probably leave you in the street.”
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