I don’t have kids, but even I know that it’s a horrible idea to refer to children that don’t belong to you as “my babies”…no matter who you are.
But, as you already know, some people out there like to take things too far and that’s what happened in this story from Reddit’s “Am I the A**hole?” page…
Read on to see what went down.
AITA after no longer allowing my mother in law’s friend to baby sit my children after she started calling them “her babies”?
“I (26 F) am the mother of two kids (4F and 3M) My husband (27M) and I both work office jobs.
Due to this, we need someone to watch the kids while we aren’t home. We mostly had babysitters but a few months back my MIL (48F) suggested that her friend could watch them for free. I told her it wasn’t necessary since we could afford a babysitter just fine, but she insisted.
I didn’t really see any harm in it after she kept asking, so i gave in and her friend (45F) started babysitting our kids. Everything was perfect for the first few months, she was always on time and always fed my kids and put them to bed at the time I suggested.
My kids seemed to really like her, but about a few weeks ago my oldest came to me and asked me if I was their real mommy. I was confused, and asked her what she meant.
Well turns out, MILs friend had been telling my kids that they were her babies, and when they protested saying they werent , she would yell at them saying that I was just their money maker and that she was their real mommy.
I told my husband about this and he hired a babysitter on the spot. Then me and him called my MIL and told her about the situation, we told her that we weren’t going to have her friend over anymore because it made us uncomfortable. We even told her what my kid had told me.
Well, MIL didn’t take it well. Over the phone she started screaming, saying that quote on quote “my friend doesn’t have any kids or grandchildren, so your kids are the closest things she’s had to it, and you’re going to take that away from her?!”
My husband and I tried to calm her down, but after a bit we just hung up. I received a photo of MIL friend crying on MIL couch later that night.
I feel horrible for making her upset, but I don’t like how she was telling my kids these things. I understand that she doesn’t have kids, but that doesn’t excuse her behaviour.
But for my peace of mind, AITA?”
And here’s what Reddit users had to say about this.
This reader said that this woman did nothing wrong.
And another individual said that not only did she say they were her babies, but she hid it from this woman.
And this Reddit user said that there were some big red flags going on here.
Lastly, another person who is a nanny said that this whole situation sounds pretty creepy.
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