Woman Faces Backlash for Saying She “Raised” Her Younger Sisters

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When a woman's parents died in a car crash, she took on the responsibility of caring for her two younger sisters who were only 11 years old at the time. She made sure they had everything they needed, from a private boarding school to therapy sessions. She was involved in every aspect of their lives, attending their recitals and games and helping them shop for prom dresses. Now that her sisters are in college and doing well, she said she raised them. But when someone disagreed, things got heated. Read on to find out the details and decide for yourself: was she out of line for saying she raised her sisters or not?

Orphaned at 18, now a 28-year-old 'parent' faces criticism.

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Raising siblings or just fulfilling a parental role? 🤔

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Backlash for 'raising' younger siblings, AITA for pretending parent?

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Woman faces judgment for raising younger sisters after parents' death 😭

After losing her parents in a car crash, a woman had to take on the responsibility of raising her 11-year-old twin sisters. She enrolled them in a private boarding school and stayed involved in their lives, attending recitals, games and even helping them shop for prom dresses. Now that the sisters are well-adjusted and in college, the woman referred to herself as their raiser in a conversation with friends, but was met with criticism. She was called an a**hole for pretending to be a parent and taking credit for the boarding school's role. The disagreement caused tension and discomfort during the weekend, leading the woman to question if she was in the wrong. However, her friend and his parents supported her, while the sister continued to post passive aggressive messages on social media. Do you think she was wrong for saying she raised her sisters or was she simply fulfilling the role of a parent?

NTA! Raised younger sisters unconventionally but responsibly. Great job! 👏

PlanktonOk4846 | PlanktonOk4846

NTA for prioritizing own mental health while raising siblings. 💪

justinwalltown | justinwalltown

When a 'momfluencer' judges your parenting skills. NTA wins.

SedatedVole | SedatedVole

Defending the "fake parent" label with NTA and sarcasm 😒

Stlhockeygrl | Stlhockeygrl

Taking care of younger siblings is hard. NTA for prioritizing self-care 💪

TheOther4melia | TheOther4melia

Sister steps up as parent figure, internet approves 👍

Lola_M1224 | Lola_M1224

Boarding school helped, but OP still did all the parenting duties 👏

RedoubtableSouth | RedoubtableSouth

Block her on FB and move on. Your peace matters 😌

Flintejae | Flintejae

Sibling defends woman's parental role with a Harry Potter reference ⚡

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Commenter opens up about insecurities and therapy due to post.

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Don't let the haters get you down! 🙌🏼

CakeEatingRabbit | CakeEatingRabbit

You did raise them, and you did the best you could 👏

Kindaspia | Kindaspia

Commenter supports OP for raising younger siblings despite criticism 🙌

LeeLooPoopy | LeeLooPoopy

Sister steps up and faces backlash for doing what's right 👏

ForwardPlenty | ForwardPlenty

Support for guardianship of sisters despite invalidation by outsider 🙌

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Boarding school alum defends OP, says school can't replace parents 👍

wintersodile | wintersodile

Don't let anyone undermine your role in raising siblings 👏

chottokawaii | chottokawaii

Sibling support! 🤝 Commendation for a successful family dynamic.

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Taking parental responsibility in tough times. 🙌

Catatomical | Catatomical

You're a guardian angel! 🙌

Beatlebot88 | Beatlebot88

Taking responsibility for younger siblings sparks debate and insults.

Tai-Frasier | Tai-Frasier

Defending non-traditional parenting role, receiving support. 🙌

Lotex_Style | Lotex_Style

Boarding schools don't raise children, OP not the a**hole (NTA)

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Being a legal guardian at a young age is tough. 💪

HungryFlu | HungryFlu

People support woman who raised her younger sisters. 🙌

-gatherer | -gatherer

Stepping up for family - NTA. Friends AH for judging.

Peasplease25 | Peasplease25

👏Sibling support for guardianship, NTA wins!👏

CanuckWife257 | CanuckWife257

Defend your choices with pride 🙌 Don't let others judge you

ScarletDarkstar | ScarletDarkstar

Debating the power of word choice. 🤔

OneCalledMike | OneCalledMike

Don't let anyone diminish your heroic efforts! 🦸‍♀️💪

RetiredAerospaceVP | RetiredAerospaceVP

Commenter praised for going above and beyond for siblings 👏

Crafty-Emotion4230 | Crafty-Emotion4230

A helpful reminder to consider others' perspectives in family dynamics 👀

b-rar | b-rar

Internet strangers applaud OP for raising her younger sisters responsibly 🙌

CopyCat1993 | CopyCat1993

Supportive reply advises OP to ignore and confront judgy friend

kiero13 | kiero13

Compassionate commenter defends woman criticized for 'raising' younger sisters ❤️

schux99 | schux99

Boarding school parents unite! NTA for not raising kids alone 🤝

doughnutmakemelaugh | doughnutmakemelaugh

Defending against unfair judgment - NTA 🙌🏼

icecreampenis | icecreampenis

Boarding school doesn't negate parental role. NTA.

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Sibling love prevails even in tough times. 💕

plenty_of_paper | plenty_of_paper

Sibling caretaker gets approval 👍

Ardara | Ardara

Defending against a rude sister with empathy and facts 🤝

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Don't let anyone take away your rightful credit! 🙌

Darrenizer | Darrenizer

Heartwarming support for a young woman stepping up as caregiver ❤️

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User receives support for taking on parental role for siblings. #FamilyFirst ❤️

Fettnaepfchen | Fettnaepfchen

Defending a woman who raised her younger sisters alone 🙌

Neyneysatan | Neyneysatan

Take a stand against passive aggression with a strong response 💪

Puzzled_Cat_3377 | Puzzled_Cat_3377

Sibling steps up to care for younger sisters after tragedy ❤️

RebeccaMCullen | RebeccaMCullen

Sibling jealousy and financial insecurity fuel comment section. 💰

JuicyTheMagnificent | JuicyTheMagnificent

Do your sisters agree? Their opinions matter more than yours.

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Supportive comment: defending OP's life choices and criticizing the rude sister's behavior. 🙌

JennerikUse | JennerikUse

Ignore the hater, you're NTA 🙌

GoingApeCostume | GoingApeCostume

Parenting is subjective and mommy influencers can be toxic. NTA.

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Commenter calls out sister's behavior, recommends therapy.

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Complimenting OP's admirable responsibility and dismissing sister's criticism 🙌

cassowary32 | cassowary32

Supportive comment suggests checking in with sister's opinion ❤️


Proud Red heart You were a responsible adult at 18! 🙌🏼

Doggoagogo | Doggoagogo

👏👏 Kudos to OP for raising her sisters and standing strong!

Oumisaac | Oumisaac

Boarding school alum supports woman’s sister-raising, emphasizes family bonds 💜

Littleflamingo_352 | Littleflamingo_352

Validating feelings of sisters is crucial. NTA for meeting needs.

ttyler4 | ttyler4

Commenter supports woman and shuts down critics with NTA.

peanutandbaileysmama | peanutandbaileysmama

NTA comment sparks curiosity about the woman's problem 🤔

Reasonable_Earth2314 | Reasonable_Earth2314

Sibling caregiver gets validation from commenters. NTA 🙌

mebetiffbeme | mebetiffbeme

18yo raises younger sisters after parents' death, gets criticized. NTA 🙌

Illustrious-Will-85 | Illustrious-Will-85

Single mom attacked OP for 'raising' sisters, NTA claps back 🔥

Marc21256 | Marc21256

Ask your sisters for their opinion, not strangers on the internet 😉

MariaInconnu | MariaInconnu

Sibling success story: Estate, boarding school, and NTA vibes 👌

Djhinnwe | Djhinnwe

Boarding school doesn't mean no parents. NTA, role model 🎓

MesWantooth | MesWantooth

18-year-old steps up to care for younger sisters after parents' death 💪

Curious-Unicorn | Curious-Unicorn

Defending a parent's choices. NTA gets a supporter 🙌

Nomad2C | Nomad2C

Breaking the mold of a traditional family. NTA wins!

paintingsbypatch | paintingsbypatch

A young adult took up parental responsibilities. Support and ignore haters. ✊

amberskye72 | amberskye72

Boarding school does not negate parenting. Supportive NTA response.

0B-A-E0 | 0B-A-E0

Lilo and Stitch fans unite! Not the a**hole here 👍🏼

jgpitre | jgpitre

Stepping up for your siblings doesn't make you any less parental 🙌

C_Majuscula | C_Majuscula

Sibling rivalry? NTA comment defends raising younger sisters 🤷‍♀️

MintDynasty | MintDynasty

Support for OP and criticism of friend's sister 🤨

Top-Bit85 | Top-Bit85