April 30, 2024 at 5:39 pm

Her Kids Refused To Behave On Vacation, So She Taught Them A Valuable Lesson Just 24 Hours Into Their Trip

by Matthew Gilligan

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Kids will be kids, right?

That might be true, but if you give your children fair warning and they STILL act up, sometimes you have to lay down the law.

And that’s what this person did!

But now she’s getting a lot of grief for her decision.

Check out her story and see what you think.

AITA for cancelling vacation less than 24 hours in due to my kid’s behavior?

“My husband and I have 3 kids, 9M, 8M, and 3F.

The boys have been driving us crazy.

They fight like cats and dogs. We’ve had countless talks with them about respecting each other, to no avail.

I understand sibling rivalry but it’s gotten to the point it’s disruptive to us all, every day.

She had her reservations…

I already told my husband last week I wasn’t sure if the vacation was a good idea.

My husband shut me down pretty much immediately and things went ahead as planned.

First of all, the 3.5 hour car ride was (predictably) a nightmare.

Boys fighting and riling each other up the whole time.

Husband and I kept trying to reassure each other that things would be better once we got there and they would be too excited to cause trouble.

We were wrong.

They had so many reminders of what not to do once we got to the rental house…so they do everything wrong from the get go.

Uh oh…

Shoes on the white furniture? Check.

Running in the house? Check.

I turned my back for 2 seconds and the 8 y/o threw a box of chalk in the pool to keep his brother from getting it.

We went out to lunch and they were out of control in the restaurant.

9M ran away from us in a strange place because he didn’t get his way.

We finally go to the beach and they are frankly being brats.

Refusing sunscreen. Fighting over toys.

Pushing their luck repeatedly going farther and farther out in the water than we told them to. Cursing.

By the time we got back to the house, it was around dinner time and I was fed up. They were totally ruining it for everybody.

Nothing had worked and I told my husband we needed to go home, for the reasons mentioned above, mainly that they needed to see a REAL consequence.

She’d finally had it.

My husband still insisted it would get better.

I put my foot down and told him that I didn’t even want to be there at that point so either I was leaving, or we all were.

He got super mad and told me it was ridiculous and unfair to our daughter. I actually agree with him but saw no other choice at this point.

Of course when I tell the kids they immediately burst into tears and are begging to stay, promising they will behave.

My mother, who came with us, was also near tears. She thinks her precious grandbabies do no wrong.

She argued with me too, begging me to “just let it go” but I refused to budge.

So, we left, less than 24 hours into a 4 day vacation.

That didn’t go over well…

Half the ride home was spent with them sobbing and my husband pretty much gave me the silent treatment the whole way.

My mother decided to stay behind a little longer but then started randomly texting me about 30 minutes in, asking if I was serious (she knew I was).

She told me the whole reason she came was to spend time with the kids, so I had now “ruined it for everybody” and “they’re only little once”.

Here we are the following evening and pretty much no one likes me right now except my 3-year-old. Are they right?


Here’s what folks have to say.

One person said she’s NTA.

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Another person nailed it.

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This reader has a question…

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Another individual thinks she’s also NTA.

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And this Reddit user said they all SUCK.

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This is a tough one but we’ve all been there as parents.

I’m actually kind of proud of her for standing her ground.