Sister Sends Brother $50 After Parents Steal It From Him. Now, Mother Says, “She Undermined Her Authority and Disrespects Her”. Netizens Call Her “Awesome”.

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Disciplining a child is a complex task and can often lead to different viewpoints within a family. It is important to remember that the goal of discipline is not to punish but to teach children how to behave appropriately.

When a young boy was punished for back-talk by having his movie money taken away, his sister felt the punishment was too harsh and gave him some extra cash. She asked the forum, “Am I wrong for reimbursing my brother for the money our parents took from him?”

Here’s the whole story:

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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The original poster (OP) is a 24-year-old female who has a 14-year-old younger brother. She believes that her parents aren’t good people.

“My mother has no emotional regulation, a horrible temper, and screams a lot. My spineless father is too scared to stand up to her, so he tries to assert his dominance over us, the kids, in an effort to feel more powerful,” says OP.

OP’S BROTHER HAD SAVED UP TO SEE A MOVIE

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“There’s a movie that came out this weekend that my brother was super excited about. He told me he would take a three-mile walk to the movie theater to see the movie, and he had $40 to purchase the ticket, popcorn, and dinner afterward,” says OP.

OP was excited for him and told him to keep her updated on how it was.

OP’S BROTHER’S MONEY WAS TAKEN AWAY AS PUNISHMENT

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One day, OP got a text from her brother saying he was extremely upset and emotional. OP called him, and when he picked up, he was crying.

“He told me our parents got furious at him for something (it sounded like just a little back talk) and, as a punishment, decided to steal his $40 to cover his part of the cell phone bill this month,” says OP.

OP SENT HIM $50

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“I was disgusted by that, so I sent him $50 through Venmo and told him to please have a good time and to get himself a large popcorn,” says OP.

OP’S BROTHER SAW THE MOVIE

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OP’s brother texted OP after the movie and told her he had a great time, and the movie was great. “He tried to tell me he’d pay me back, but I told him not to bother. He was delighted, and that made me happy,” says OP.

OP’S MOTHER IS ANNOYED WITH HER

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“This morning, I had a missed call from my mom. When I called her, she said I had given him money and “undermined” their authority,” says OP.

OP told her mother it was unacceptable to steal money from her brother. Her brother had worked hard and saved that money. OP’s mother kept pulling the ‘none of your business’ and ‘disrespect’ cards. So OP just groaned and hung up.

OP’S BROTHER IS UPSET

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OP also had a text from her brother telling her he was extremely sorry that their parents forced him to tell them where he was last night, and he gave OP up.

“I told him not to worry about it, but I am unhappy,” says OP.

OP FEELS THE PUNISHMENT WAS TOO HARSH

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“Maybe I was undermining the punishment and shouldn’t have gotten involved, but that was such an extreme and unfitting punishment,” says OP.

“Am I wrong here?” asks OP.

Here are the views of the people on the forum:

YOU ARE AN AWESOME BIG SISTER

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“You are not wrong. If you had described your parents differently, I would have said you should have stayed out of it. It sounds like you were being an awesome big sister. My only concern is that they will take their anger and frustration out on your brother even more now. Or maybe they’ll just get over it. Either way, I’d keep in contact with your brother because he’s got a few more years left in that home to deal with them.”

TAKING MONEY FROM YOUR KID IS NOT PUNISHMENT

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“Taking money from your kid is never a punishment. It’s gross; please be ready when he’s 18. He’s going to need you even more than he does now. You are an awesome sibling.”

YOUR PARENTS SOUND AWFUL

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“No offense, but your parents sound awful. A punishment for back-talking is grounding him, taking electronics, making him do dishes, or things like that. Stealing his money is not the right way to punish him; that’s outright theft.

You are far from the wrong for giving him money so he can do what he’s been saving for. I wish you could get him out of there because it does not sound like your parents provide a healthy environment.”

MY HEART BREAKS FOR YOU AND YOUR BROTHER

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“My heart breaks for you and your brother. Work on yourself, and build a good career. Suppose you can get your brother in the future, that would be even better. The best way to seek revenge is to be great in life and cut off your parents.”

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