Mom puts rules on mental health days, son takes advantage

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A mother of two teenagers implemented mental health days for her kids, but her son has been abusing them for his own leisure. When confronted, the son argued that he could use the days however he wanted. The mother has now enforced rules on the mental health days, and her husband disagrees. This disagreement has led to an argument between the couple, leaving them not speaking to each other. Was the mother too strict, or was the son taking advantage?

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Taking mental health days too far? A mother's perspective 🤔

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Son takes advantage of mental health days policy 🙄

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When mental health days become mental health getaways 🙄

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Son abuses mental health days for video games and friends

pumpkinlazy4218 | pumpkinlazy4218

Gaming addiction or need for mental health break? 🤔

pumpkinlazy4218 | pumpkinlazy4218

When mental health days are used for video games 😤🎮

pumpkinlazy4218 | pumpkinlazy4218

New rules for mental health days cause family tension ⚠️

pumpkinlazy4218 | pumpkinlazy4218

Mom enforces mental health day rules, son finds loophole 🤔

pumpkinlazy4218 | pumpkinlazy4218

Son challenges mom's rules on mental health days 🤔

pumpkinlazy4218 | pumpkinlazy4218

Setting boundaries for mental health days causing family conflict. AITA?

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Son abuses mental health days for video games, mom sets rules

In an effort to reduce stress and workload, a mother implemented mental health days for her teenage children. While her daughter used them responsibly, her son took advantage, using them to sleep in and play video games. When the mother confronted him about his behavior, he lashed out and refused to accept any rules. Now the family is at odds and the mother is questioning whether or not she was too strict. This raises the question, should mental health days have rules or restrictions? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Limiting mental health days to a set number is reasonable 📉

pinpoe | pinpoe

Is 25 mental health days too many? Commenters discuss truancy and school policies. 🤔

endlessotter | endlessotter

Missing 25 days of school in a year is unacceptable 🤔

Headup31 | Headup31

Mom allows son to take advantage of mental health days.

Clare_Not_A_Bear | Clare_Not_A_Bear

Parenting is hard, but setting boundaries is necessary. 🙏

fakemonalisa | fakemonalisa

Setting boundaries important to prevent abuse of mental health days.

knapen50 | knapen50

Commenter calls out father for calling mother a b*tch. ESH.

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Taking too many mental health days? Therapy could help 💫

idkwhattowritehere21 | idkwhattowritehere21

Debate over validity of mental health days for students. ESH.

superfastmomma | superfastmomma

Setting rules on mental health days: NTA or overbearing? 🤔

eldaYualien | eldaYualien

Setting boundaries on mental health days, but son abuses them

Kewege | Kewege

Setting limits for a teenager's mental health days is important 🛑

myrebelwithoutapause | myrebelwithoutapause

🤨 Parenting or policing? Commenter calls out OP's excessive leniency.

Evolution1313 | Evolution1313

When parents enforce strict rules, is faking a note okay? 🤔

J0sey_W4les_23 | J0sey_W4les_23

Sleeping in is important for mental health days, YTA.

Snoo_68114 | Snoo_68114

Concerned commenter asks about son's grades and suggests moderation.

pnutbuttercups56 | pnutbuttercups56

Debate on the effectiveness of mental health days policy 🤔

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ESH for not discussing changes, husband overreacting, son abusing system 😒

Xenavire | Xenavire

Commenter calls out mom for power trip in parenting decisions 🤔

Phalaphone | Phalaphone

🙌 Setting boundaries is crucial for mental health, NTA!

TheGothGranny | TheGothGranny

Discussion on the challenges of managing depression and setting boundaries.

ChaosAzeroth | ChaosAzeroth

Commenter calls out parent for lack of maximum quota on mental health days.

arseholierthanthou | arseholierthanthou

Teaching responsibility through mental health days gone wrong 😬

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Setting restrictions on mental health days backfired😞

angelmr2 | angelmr2

Commenter expresses concern over excessive missed school days.

crymeajoanrivers | crymeajoanrivers

Parent's rules backfire as son takes advantage. 😬

remigrey | remigrey

Setting boundaries as a parent 💪🏼

MsBaseball34 | MsBaseball34

Establishing mental health days was great, but son's abusing it.

LaughComfortable | LaughComfortable

Can a student really take 25 mental health days off school? 🤔

Vena_Mala | Vena_Mala

Parenting or mental health? Addressing the real issue 🤔

Chinablind | Chinablind

Daughter responsible, parents enabling son's behavior. 🤔👎

FoodBabyBaby | FoodBabyBaby

User accuses student of exploiting mental health day policy 🤔

Witty_Acanthaceae_33 | Witty_Acanthaceae_33

Skipping school on a whim sets a bad precedent. 🙁

Ok_Smell_8260 | Ok_Smell_8260

Teaching kids about mental health is important, but it's not okay to abuse it 🤔

Atlasfalling_ | Atlasfalling_

Set boundaries for mental health days to avoid taking advantage. 🤝

PotentialityKnocks | PotentialityKnocks

User seeks more info on mental health day rules and impact.

mellybelly1023 | mellybelly1023

Balancing limitations and personal choice for mental health days. 🙏

WriterFighter201 | WriterFighter201

Son abuses mental health days for gaming, NTA but misguided.

hey-demons-its-me-ya | hey-demons-its-me-ya

Parenting ESH: Miscommunication leads to son taking advantage of mental health days 💔

deadlyhausfrau | deadlyhausfrau

Concerns arise over legitimacy of mental health days for students 😕

one_angry_custodian | one_angry_custodian

Parents criticized for not setting rules earlier; son abusing mental health days.

purpleglitterkitty | purpleglitterkitty

A limit on mental health days may lead to misuse 👎

Upstairs-Factor-2012 | Upstairs-Factor-2012

Commenter questions strict rules on mental health days 👀

T-money79 | T-money79

Setting reasonable limits on mental health days is important 😌

anneboleynrex | anneboleynrex

Communication is key! YTA blindsided husband with mental health rules.

SweetMisery2790 | SweetMisery2790

Balanced approach to mental health days with family time 🧡

loivissia | loivissia

Is allowing 25 mental health days too much? 🤔

aitajudger | aitajudger

Mental health days are crucial, but is there a deeper issue?

scoutriver | scoutriver

Son abuses mental health days, parents fail to address issue.

AdventurousYamThe2nd | AdventurousYamThe2nd

Enabling or parenting? Teen takes advantage of lenient mother.

AndFyUoCuKAgain | AndFyUoCuKAgain

Limits on mental health days backfire, family conflict ensues 💥

thatryanguy1 | thatryanguy1

Online school and Covid strain mental health, ESH needs help ⚕️

dca_user | dca_user

Fair rules, but husband should have been consulted. All suck.

Rolling_Beardo | Rolling_Beardo

School district only allows 8 days missed attendance without doctor's note 😳

Hufflepuff20 | Hufflepuff20

Importance of mental health day for academic performance 🧠📚

Iwasgunna | Iwasgunna

Establish boundaries for mental health days to avoid exploitation 🙌

i_still_need_chaos | i_still_need_chaos

Unilateral parenting changes lead to ESH judgment in comments.

Laineybin | Laineybin

Mental health days should be given to those who are overwhelmed 🤯

HarriedHedgehog | HarriedHedgehog

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