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Many people love going away on vacation. You may plan a beach vacation or a sightseeing tour. Whatever you decide, it’s often important to include their family members and friends. But, when they cannot go, do you leave them at home? Even if they helped plan the trip?
Many would probably say, “NO!” But a Reddit mom thinks she may leave her son at home during spring break because his schedule doesn’t fit the trip.
A mom (Original Poster) has a son that is obsessed with travel and free flights. Her son constantly looks at travel sites and credit card deals and researches information daily.
OP has pretty much ignored this obsession for the past year. But finally, she took his advice and opened up the credit card her son had been suggesting. Now, she and her family could afford a dream vacation to Cancun.
The OP and her family have been trying to find dates that work for everyone. But it has not worked out. OP’s son is either away at college, or her other children are playing on sports teams. OP wants to go over spring break, but her son’s break does not align with her other children’s.
OP suggested to the family that they go without the son, and he got very upset. He said that he helped her find this credit card deal, and the vacation would not be happening without his research and help.
OP thinks her son is selfish for not letting the rest of the family go and enjoy the trip without him. OP also went on to say that all of her daughter’s friends go on vacation during spring break, and she doesn’t want them to feel left out.
Op added that she didn’t ask her son to plan the trip, and the son shouldn’t be able to derail the plans for the rest of the family. OP’s son now demands she apologizes for suggesting he doesn’t go.
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Reddit Weighs In
Redditors gave their opinions on this spring break situation and whether or not the son should be left home.
One Redditor said, “YTA, OP. You might not have asked him to do the research and planning, but you’re still happy to benefit from it. Either find dates that work for everyone, or don’t do it at all. But if you left your son out of it when he did the hard yards in the first place, don’t be surprised when he cuts you out of his life for being the AH that you are.”
A second user replied, “The younger kids can miss some sports stuff. It’s not like they are pro-athletes. Plan a vacation everyone can go on and not miss out. It would be really unkind and insensitive to the oldest son.”
Another person commented, “OP probably can’t afford Cancun if an extra person comes along. Using the bonus for four will stretch more than for 5. OP is huge YTA.”
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Finally, someone said, “It seems very clear from the language OP uses that they don’t actually like their son very much. I always consider the silver lining of heartbreaking posts like this from lousy parents who have clear favorites: OP is showing their son who they are, and hopefully, their son believes them and starts going low to no contact to improve their general happiness.”
Redditors gave many opinions on the spring break situation, and many determined the OP should really consider changing her plans. What do you think? Is she in the wrong?
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