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Mom teaches important lesson to teen daughter who ruined her stepsister's $3000 quinceanera dress

The daughter acted out of jealousy and Mom decided to hold her accountable by showing her some tough love.

Mom teaches important lesson to teen daughter who ruined her stepsister's $3000 quinceanera dress
Representative Cover Image Source: Pexels | Becerra Govea

People often talk about how challenging it is to handle toddlerss. But parenting hormonal adolescents can be just as, if not more challenging. Especially in the case of teenage step-siblings. Reddit user u/Otherwise-Cycle-2441 recently shared how the  relationship between her 16-year-old daughter Bethany and her 14-year-old step-daughter Maria was "overall good." That is, until the storm of teenage melodramas set in.  

Representative Image Source: Pexels | Becerra Govea Photo
Representative Image Source: Pexels | Becerra Govea Photo

Despite being in each other's lives for around nine years, the siblings seemed to have developed a rift, mainly due to Bethany's jealousy. It all began when the individual's husband and his ex-wife,Maria's parents, started planning Maria's quinceanera and bought her a $3000 dress. Bethany was green with envy about the whole party and the elaborate quinceanera rituals that Maria's Mexican cultural background allowed her. The mom wrote, "I’ve informed her it is part of the culture just like when she had a huge sweet sixteen party with her friends. I spent more time with her to try to make her feel better about it and got her own much cheaper dress for the party."

Representative Image Source: Pexels | Monstera Production
Representative Image Source: Pexels | Monstera Production

No matter what her mom said or did, Bethany was still not happy about celebrating a special milestone of her step-sister's life, and even ended up ruining the quinceanera dress in a fit of her anger. Bethany's mom describes the situation saying "She scribbled sharpie all of the expensive dress and ripped the back. Long story short everyone was pissed." What started as a teenager tantrum put the whole family in distress as the day of the grand event drew near. 

Representative Image Source: Pexels | Karolina Grabowska
Representative Image Source: Pexels | Karolina Grabowska

 

Bethany's mom solved the dress situation by offering money to her husband and his ex-wife. But her own daughter's outburst needed immediate fixing, so she decided to punish her by making her pay back the $3,000. "I informed my daughter she will need to get a job and pay back the full price of the dress as punishment." However, Bethany did not take her mom's punishment lightly. They both got into a huge argument where Bethany accused her of choosing Maria over her. The Reddit user sought the community's opinion saying "We got into a huge argument over it and how the whole situation isn’t fair that I am choosing Maria and being a huge jerk. Am I being a huge jerk?" She wanted to know if asking her daughter to pay back the full price comes out as too harsh for a punishment.

Reddit | u/RaineMist
Image Source: Reddit |u/RaineMist

 

Reddit | u/Puzzlekitt
Image Source: Reddit | u/Puzzlekitt

The Reddit community lauded the mother for her fair and square decision. One user, u/Sha-Nanegins, wrote "NTA. Your 16-year-old destroyed someone else's property. It is her responsibility to make restitution." Another user,u/BonAppletitts, pointed out "You’re a good parent. You’re fair and let her face deserved consequences. NTA. Lots of teens work after school, on weekends, holidays or even all together. She‘ll survive it,". A few people offered suggestions to ease the situation. One user, u/lululululululu_hi wrote "I would suggest you allow your daughter to read these at some point. Print out the response, hopefully, she will feel remorse, I think it will be a difficult situation to handle but it could also back you up if/ when she throws another tantrum. It's not 'you being harsh' she should hear this."

Editor's note: This article was originally published on November 1, 2023. It has since been updated.

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