Teen Gives Dad Ultimatum After Years Of Being Ignored For Step-Brother

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Being ignored by a parent can be a painful experience, especially during significant moments in life. That's exactly what happened to one high school graduate who felt like her dad preferred her step-brother over her. After years of missed events, she finally gave her dad an ultimatum when he considered attending her step-brother's elementary school graduation on the same day as her own high school graduation.

But was she being an a**hole for giving him an ultimatum? Read on to find out what happened in this situation.

Neglected daughter confronts dad after years of favoritism ⚠️

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Dad ignores son for step-brother, leaving him feeling unimportant 😔

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Strained father-daughter relationship due to sole custody, resentment and neglect 💔

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Teen voices frustration over absentee father missing important milestones. 😔

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Graduation ultimatum to dad over step-brother stealing the spotlight.

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Teen feels ignored by dad, gives ultimatum, now regrets it 😔

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OP responds to unexpected response, thanks for advice and judgement 😊

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Teen gives ultimatum to dad after years of being ignored 🎓

Growing up with divorced parents can be tough, especially when one parent seems to favor their new family over their own child. This is the case for an 18-year-old girl who recently gave her dad an ultimatum after years of being ignored for her step-brother. Despite her dad's promises to attend her important events, he consistently prioritized her step-brother's activities.

After winning sole custody, the girl began to spend more time with her dad but only if he made the effort to pick her up. Now, as she prepares to graduate high school, she has had enough and told her dad that he either attends her graduation or forgets about her forever. While his wife and her step-brother were not happy with the ultimatum, the girl is starting to feel guilty for potentially hurting her little brother.

What do you think of this situation? Should parents make more of an effort to prioritize their own children over step-children? Join the discussion below and read what Reddit had to say.

Graduation dilemma: NTA for being upset over step-brother prioritization 💔

imsmitty3 | imsmitty3

Teen rightfully calls out dad for favoring stepbrother at graduation 🎓

spindacinda | spindacinda

Father favors step-son, ignores biological daughter. Daughter speaks up.

Sleepy_Bugz | Sleepy_Bugz

Neglected daughter confronts father with ultimatum for attention.

DidntAskDontCare | DidntAskDontCare

Create a list of what he missed and present it. NTA

DaLoCo6913 | DaLoCo6913

NTA. Shocking ultimatum may help father realize his mistake.

PhoenixEcho1 | PhoenixEcho1

Commenter shares personal experience and encourages OP to talk to her dad.

SincerelyCynical | SincerelyCynical

Teen feels replaced by step-brother, dad ignores graduation, NTA.

Brain_Dead_mom | Brain_Dead_mom

Daughter stands up for herself after being ignored for step-brother 🙌

throwawayj38sld | throwawayj38sld

Neglected by father for step-siblings, now setting boundaries. NTA 👏

OwlyFox | OwlyFox

Standing up to neglectful parents can be tough 💪

Amythist35 | Amythist35

Commenter questions the significance of grade school graduations.

rexconroy | rexconroy

Deserve better than a deadbeat dad. NTA 👏

uhuhoneyville | uhuhoneyville

Don't let up. Give your father real consequences. He needs to grow a backbone. 🦴

Minute_Box3852 | Minute_Box3852

NTA - Ultimatum to bio father, but college fund complicates situation.

Catatomical | Catatomical

Standing up for yourself is important 👊

PattersonsOlady | PattersonsOlady

Graduation hierarchy: High school > Elementary school 🎓

imjusthereforaita | imjusthereforaita

Dad's favoritism backfires as neglected teen takes a stand 🙅‍♀️

Petty_Stranger | Petty_Stranger

Heartbreaking. It's not your job to teach him. NTA 💔

Silent_Recognition63 | Silent_Recognition63

Setting boundaries with stepfamily and college expenses. 👍

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Setting boundaries with a neglectful parent. 🚫👨‍👦

Karyatids | Karyatids

Stepmom favoritism sparks heated debate over parenting ethics 🔥

Selena_B305 | Selena_B305

Stepmom supports OP, calls out dad's neglect. 👏

Snoo-1032 | Snoo-1032

Father ignores daughter for step-brother's fake graduation. NTA.

Merri-Weather | Merri-Weather

Importance of communication with parents during significant life events. 👍

Kalai001 | Kalai001

Step-mom prioritizes elementary grad over step-son's HS grad 😡

Datalust5 | Datalust5

Supportive reply to neglected child. NTA 👏

twelvehatsononegoat | twelvehatsononegoat

Prioritizing your high school graduation is a must. NTA 👏

StabbyMum | StabbyMum

Graduation drama: Teen not the a-hole for wanting dad's support 🎓

Ok-Homework-582 | Ok-Homework-582

Step-brother's graduation vs. wedding, tough choice for dad's son 😬

PeepsMcBeefy | PeepsMcBeefy

Graduations are stupid? NTA thinks so 🤔

LuckyRoux89 | LuckyRoux89

Stand your ground and prioritize your happiness 🙌

Temporary_44647 | Temporary_44647

Father may have been absent, but he showed up for graduation 🎓 NTA

An-Empty-Road | An-Empty-Road

Stepmom interfering in father-child relationship, NTA for setting boundaries 🙌

Pretty_Princess90210 | Pretty_Princess90210

Heartbreaking experience of being ignored by father, hopeful for change ❤️

Viva_Veracity1906 | Viva_Veracity1906

Struggling to get your dad's attention? Here are your options 💔

nordzeekueste | nordzeekueste

Valid ultimatum for unfair treatment at graduations. 🎓

TheLunarmartian | TheLunarmartian

Prioritizing step-sibling over HS graduation? NTA sets dad straight 🎓

ScarletDarkstar | ScarletDarkstar

Graduation drama: Dad plays favorites with step-brother over son 🎓

CaptainGreyH | CaptainGreyH

Encouraging reply to a neglected teen's graduation dilemma 👍

Mysterious_Horse9523 | Mysterious_Horse9523

Father ignores own child for step-son, teenager gives ultimatum.

CharlotteLucasOP | CharlotteLucasOP

Teen not at fault for demanding father's attention 🙌

ericcartmanxxx | ericcartmanxxx

Building bonds with steps is important, but he's still dad 🙌 #NTA

Ladyfingerso_o | Ladyfingerso_o

Stepmom favoritism hurts, NTA for wanting attention too 😢

billiemint | billiemint

Setting boundaries with absent father, NTA for doing so 👍

JustAnotherGirl1977 | JustAnotherGirl1977

Stepmother's manipulation? NTA stands up against family favoritism 👍

yzass9 | yzass9

Feeling like a stepchild to your own father is heartbreaking 😔

docsthaname | docsthaname

Choose yourself first! 🙌 NTA for putting yourself first.

OwlopolisCue | OwlopolisCue

Don't be an absentee father. Be there for your kids ✌️

pspetrini | pspetrini

Don't let your stepmother and half-brother take over. #NTA

jobrummy | jobrummy

Celebrating high school graduation is important and NTA for feeling that way 🎓

DiaryOfShowerMemes | DiaryOfShowerMemes

Comment confusion leads to unexpected twist 🤔

jiffy-loo | jiffy-loo

Father prioritizes step-brother's elementary 'graduation' over son's HS graduation. NTA.

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Teen confronts dad about neglect and favoritism towards stepbrother 🙅‍♀️

mini_souffle | mini_souffle

Curious about step-brother's grade? Others might have insight 🤔

superjudy1 | superjudy1

Let's see if dad picks favorites. 🤔 #NTA

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Don't cut your nose off to spite your face. 😐

Cascade60 | Cascade60