The sad truth is that not every relative of yours is a good person: just because someone’s a family member doesn’t automatically make them a saint. These are harsh facts that many people end up learning the hard way. Some internet users open up about their experiences with family drama anonymously, whether to vent, ask for advice, or simply get their own thoughts in order.
One of these people is a dad who goes by the Reddit username u/DadWhoStoodHisGround. He told the story about how his entitled sister-in-law, his wife’s toxic younger sister, stole the name of their baby and then melted down when things turned out very differently than she had planned.
Things then took a very dramatic turn, with threats left, right, and center, flowing from the spiteful woman and those nearest and dearest to her. You can read the full story below, dear Pandas. When you’re all done, let us know in the comments what you think of the entire bizarre situation.
One couple had a clear idea about what they were going to name their baby son. However, things took a dramatic turn
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The author of the post’s sister-in-law stole the name for her own child. She had a total meltdown when the couple reacted differently than she expected
Image credits: Sarah Chai
The woman escalated the situation and started harassing the happy couple when she realized they didn’t care
The dad, who was over the moon that he and his wife are having a child, was planning to name his son after his Scottish grandfather. However, the couple made the grave error of posting about this on social media. The redditor’s sister-in-law, who was also pregnant, decided to claim the baby’s first and middle name for her own kid. And she was pretty smug about it, too, rubbing the fact into the post author and his wife’s faces.
However, things turned out very differently than the sister-in-law expected. The couple… simply didn’t care about her stealing the name. They were going through with their plan and named their son after the redditor’s grandfather, regardless. After the child’s birth, the entitled sister-in-law had a nuclear-level meltdown that her nephew had the same name as her own son.
That’s when the threats and the harassment started. The sister-in-law and mother-in-law would try and pressure the dad and his wife to change the baby’s name. They even got some of their other relatives to try and change their minds. For instance, the entitled woman’s husband showed up at their house, intent on bullying them into submission. Things turned out differently, of course.
The couple stood their ground, not even entertaining the idea of changing the name of their child. Eventually, the spiteful, vindictive woman got her just desserts: her marriage fell apart, in part due to the entire drama over the name. Finally, the sister-in-law relented and paid to have her kid’s name changed. Though she still had the gall to ask the happy couple to compensate her for getting a new certificate and for the ‘emotional damage’ that she ‘suffered.’ Entitled? That’s putting it lightly.
Choosing your child’s name is a very important thing. You have to be aware that your child may end up being bullied at school for it. And while bullying is never okay, parents should keep in mind that odd names might carry the risk of their child becoming a target for being made fun of.
“Bullying is never acceptable,” Lauren Seager-Smith, the CEO of Kidscape, a charity that aims to protect children from harm and abuse, told Bored Panda earlier. She explained that there is never, ever a ‘good’ reason for someone to bully someone else.
However, children can become victims of bullying for a variety of reasons, whether they have a ‘funny’ name, for their family situation, for wearing glasses (I’ve been there, personally, it’s not fun), for being overweight. Or for absolutely anything at all.
“Never underestimate the impact of bullying, understand what your child needs to feel safe and if the bullying is in school—make sure you let the school know the impact of the situation,” Lauren said that parents must support their children, especially when their identities are under attack.
“Never underestimate the impact of bullying, understand what your child needs to feel safe and if the bullying is in school—make sure you let the school know the impact of the situation,” she told Bored Panda.
“You may also want to seek out opportunities to build your child’s confidence and assertiveness skills so they can feel proud of who they are.”
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