Call me crazy, but if my parents had tried to get me to share a bedroom with one of my SISTERS growing up, I don’t think I would have been too happy…
One of my brothers?
Sure, no problem.
But a teenage boy and a teenage girl sharing a room just seems…kind of odd…
So is this mom acting like an a**hole?
Let’s see what the heck is going on here…
AITA for making my teens 16M and 14F share a bedroom?
“My husband unexpectedly passed away a few months ago, and I became a single mother to 3 kids. Age 16M, 14F and 2F. Due to the significant decrease of income, I was no longer able to continue renting where we were, and I all I can afford is a 1 bedroom apartment.
Currently, I am sleeping in the living room with my youngest 2F. I gave the bedroom to my 16M and 14F and asked them to share in the meanwhile. I tried adding a privacy screen in the middle so they feel like they have their own space, but they are telling me that this isn’t acceptable. Each of my kids used to have their own rooms, so this is a massive change for them.
I have been looking for a better paying job for months and so far have had no luck. I can’t get a 2nd job because I can’t afford to pay someone to care for my daughter 2F outside daycare hours. Neither of my kids 16M and 14F are willing to help, and they say my youngest is not their responsibility.
I know this situation isn’t ideal, but I don’t know what else I can do. For the past month, I’ve not been eating anything for 2 days a week and just telling the kids I’m trying out the fasting trend for weight loss purposes. But the truth is, I can’t afford to feed us all, and I have been using the food bank. Prior to this, I had never had to use food bank services before, and I am so thankful that it exists. I am both thankful and deeply ashamed at the same time.
Would I be the AH for telling my teens that they must share the bedroom? Would it be better if I suggested my son sleep in the living room with me and have both my female kids share the bedroom instead?
I do not live in the US but it is not common for teenagers of opposite s** to share a bedroom. That is something I do absolutely recognize.”
And here’s what Reddit users had to say about what happened.
One person said she’s NTA and that she needs to tell her kids what’s going on here.
Another Reddit user said she’s NTA and that she can’t shield her kids from this.
And this individual also said she’s NTA and that honesty and transparency are what’s needed here.
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