May 21, 2024 at 4:11 am

Her Sister Got Mad About Her Son’s Graduation Speech Because He Mentions A Friend First, So She Told Her She Needs To Act Like An Adult

by Matthew Gilligan

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This is a pretty weird, story, I’m not gonna lie…

It has some unexpected twists and turns that you won’t see coming and it’ll put that brain of yours to the test!

But was this woman out of line?

Read her story below and see what you think.

AITA for telling my sister to stop whining about her son’s graduation speech?

“I (33F) have a sister, Jane (40F), Jane and her husband have 7 kids (17M, 15M, 14F, 12F, 11M, 8F and 5M).

Her 11 y/o son, Braxton, is graduating from elementary school later this month. Braxton is the school president, and thus will be giving a speech at graduation.

Jane read Braxton’s graduation speech last night while we were at our mom’s house for dinner and it ended up in a massive argument.

Let’s get some backstory…

5 years ago, my husband (33M) and I hosted an exchange student, Justin (15M at the time, now 20M) who is from the Philippines.

Justin loves basketball and when we found this out, we were excited for Braxton (who was 6 at the time) because he had started to play basketball but no one else in the family was really interested.

This quickly evolved into my husband and I driving Justin and Braxton to either the gym or a local sports center every day to play, I would normally supervise as I wasn’t working and had no kids at the time.

By the end of the year, Justin and Braxton grew close and after Justin left, they would still talk on the phone, my husband and I would help them speak to each other.

They’re taking on yet another person in their house…

Justin started college this year after taking a gap year due to COVID. He’s an international student at a college around 45 minutes away. He lived on campus this year but will be moving into Jane’s house, and more specifically, Braxton’s room, very soon.

Braxton and Justin have spent a lot of time together since he got back to the states, I will drive up to the university with Braxton and they will hang out. Braxton spends more time with Justin than his siblings or parents (Jane and her husband have to divide attention to 7 kids).

Here it comes…

In Braxton’s graduation speech, the first person he thanks, and the one with the most written about them is Justin. He speaks about how Justin is his role model and like a bigger brother and how he’s helped him with basketball.

Jane got upset when reading this, she asked Braxton why he would put Justin over his “own blood”, he explained that he wants to be like Justin when he grow up.

Justin recently started teaching him Tagalog, he said he admires how smart Justin was for knowing different languages and spoken about all what he admires in Justin.

Jane “suggested” he re-write it and include family first, but he said Justin was family to him, she argued some more before stepping out of the kitchen.


I went in the living room after a bit to check on her, we’re really close and normally she opens up to me. She started to whine about how she does so much for him and how he only likes Justin because he’s a “cool kid”.

I brought up how I drive him places and she whined about how she “has 7 kids”, she continued to whine about his speech and I told her to stop whining and act like an adult.

She got angry at me and started to argue and hasn’t spoken to me since last night, where she seemed angry at me. She won’t pick up my calls.


Here’s how Reddit users reacted.

One individual shared their thoughts.

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This person said she’s NTA.

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Another reader spoke up.

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This person made a good point…

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And this reader NAILED IT.

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This mom needs to get a grip!

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