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NeedACleverNN Wed 22-Jun-16 21:31:23

My family appear to have fallen out with me over babysitting issues.

I have a wedding to go on Saturday and would like to enjoy the evening child free. So I advertised for a baby sitter. I didn't bother to ask my side of the family as I have previously been let down A LOT and I knew they busy in the first place. They had posted all over FB the other day about how mum was at work but dad and little brother will be at a bbq and mum will join them after work has finished.

My sister went nuts at me because I didn't ask them first.

I didn't ask my sister because she has a 4 year old and 6 month old and the baby sitting would be when the children are in bed. So she would be unavailable anyway. She wouldn't understand my predicament anyway as for her entire parenting life, whenever she needed a babysitter my mum has re-arranged everything in order to do it. If I ask, she makes excuses as to why she can't.

My favourite example was when I asked if she could look after my children for the night and she said she couldn't as she was working. No problem. However the night in question, she then posted photos all over FB of my niece and nephew who she was babysitting hmm

My family are now refusing to speak to me and I know when they eventually do, it will be how hurt they are etc etc etc.

So did I actually do anything wrong in the first place by bypassing everyone and finding my own private sitter?

MothertotheLordsofmisrule Wed 22-Jun-16 21:35:58

No you are not.

It really grips me when 'shewhocannotbenamed' moans about not seeing the boys, yet finds it hard to find time to babysit.

SweetieDrops Wed 22-Jun-16 21:37:05

YANBU. You want a reliable babysitter that isn't going to cancel on you last minute and fuck up your plans as it seems highly likely that your family will. Let them have their little tantrum and rise above it.

RaeSkywalker Wed 22-Jun-16 21:38:13

Of course you did nothing wrong! They've let you down repeatedly, you've taken the hint and bypassed that part of the process. There is no problem with that at all.

Pettywoman Wed 22-Jun-16 21:38:31

How tiresome. There's no reasoning with some people. YANBU.

NeedACleverNN Wed 22-Jun-16 21:45:40

It's just making me so cross

Dd loves my little brother and my niece and always asks to go and play with them. If i make the effort to walk the 40 min journey, Dd gets to play and I get to see my mum.

My mum and sister who both drive, frequently say they will pop down to see us one day in the week. They state a day and a time but then guess what they don't turn up!

At the moment Dd is not old enough to understand when nanny says I'll come round and see you on Tuesday. I dread the day she does because all I can see is her sitting in the window waiting and my mum not turning up.

I made the mistake once and told her the morning she woke up that my sister was coming round and Dd spent all day saying "xxxx is coming. I'm going to see xxxx today" of course my sister never turned up. Dd cried going to bed that night. She then woke up the next morning and said "xxx coming today?" The heartbreak on her face when I said no was awful. So now I don't tell her any plans

junebirthdaygirl Wed 22-Jun-16 21:46:07

For goodness sake you couldn't put up with such nonsense. Just ignore them and enjoy your wedding. When they say anything just say lm sorry you feel like that or some such totally bland thing.

NeedACleverNN Wed 22-Jun-16 21:54:58

It's a hard one really isn't it?

I've only realised after the last couple of days that I grew up being emotionally abused. Whether it was a concious thing or not is another matter but I was.

Even now, they have a way of getting themselves into my head and making me feel like it's all my fault

LowlLowl Wed 22-Jun-16 22:04:40

Your children, your choice of babysitter! It's really not their business at all and YANBU. Sorry it's such a tough situation though.

DJBaggieSmalls Wed 22-Jun-16 22:07:22

YANBU, she sounds like the golden child and you are the scapegoat.

blondieblondie Wed 22-Jun-16 22:09:53

I hope you told your shit sister that story. Did she ever mention it? YANBU.

NeedACleverNN Wed 22-Jun-16 22:10:53

Funny thing is, growing up, I was the golden child and my sister was the terror

It stayed this way until my sister had my niece. Now my niece is Jesus reborn. They even put her above their own 3 year old son

altiara Wed 22-Jun-16 22:12:23

You need a babysitter and didn't ask ----unreliable family because you knew they were busy! Unbelievable! You know if you'd asked them, that would BU too!
If you need to just repeat I knew you were busy and didn't want you to feel like you needed to change your plans just for me grin

altiara Wed 22-Jun-16 22:12:57

Oops unreliable strike through fail blush

Ladybird08 Wed 22-Jun-16 22:16:12

I have similar issues. My mom never seems to want to babysit. She always says can I ask my in laws instead who are not in good health. Then she says evenings and weekends are her and my stepdads time together. I mentioned a while back that I was looking into getting an evening babysitter and she got all offended saying "you only have to ask" 😡
Have decided to ignore her and not bother asking her anymore. She can like it or lump it.

RiverTam Wed 22-Jun-16 22:19:20

They sound awful. Out of interest, did you pull your sister up on not turning up, tell her how disappointed and let down your DD was?

Lovewineandchocs Wed 22-Jun-16 22:19:44

YANBU. Sorry if I'm wrong about this, but it sounds like they enjoy hurting you and pushing your buttons by repeatedly turning down your requests then going one step further by rubbing it in your face that heaven and earth will be moved for your sister. They went nuts because you arranged babysitting off your own bat, thereby denying them the chance to hurt you yet again. Just don't engage with them about it. Enjoy the wedding! smile

Greatblue0wl Wed 22-Jun-16 22:48:36

They sound a very difficult bunch. But, how did you advertise for the babysitter. Was it on Facebook, and they all saw it? Maybe they thought you were making a public display of them?

NeedACleverNN Thu 23-Jun-16 08:18:34

They sound awful. Out of interest, did you pull your sister up on not turning up, tell her how disappointed and let down your DD was?

No it seriously wasn't worth the argument. I've already been accused of not involving them enough, so if I was to say that it would all kick out and I just don't want the aggravation.

Yes I advertised on FB and I doubt it was all about saving face. Because the same thing happens if the in laws look after them
Conversation would go like this
"What did you do last night"
"Oh we went to the cinema"
"Who had the children"
"Sister in law did"
"Oh. That was nice of her<as sarcastic as she can manage>"

I don't rise to the bait otherwise it would end up being a major family fall out and I don't think my nan could cope with it. My grandad died on the 1st of May and she's really struggling to cope

diddl Thu 23-Jun-16 08:48:48

Of course you did nothing wrong.

Question is, when they deign to speak to you again, why would you bother replying?

PirateFairy45 Thu 23-Jun-16 09:16:22

No. They are being petty and childish

Spring2016 Thu 23-Jun-16 09:45:49

No, yanbu in the least they should calm down. You hired a babysitter, nothing wrong with that.

CaptainCrunch Thu 23-Jun-16 09:51:31

My mil was like this. Every time I asked her to babysit she had a reason not to and the rare times she did she'd ring up halfway through and say dc were crying because they were missing me. I stopped asking her and started using an agency, she went ballistic about getting strangers to look after the dc.

KateLivesInEngland Thu 23-Jun-16 10:11:57

My mother would do this!
Fortunately I have great in laws who will sit for us no problem but if for any reason they can't, I simply ask friends and bypass my mum altogether.
She gets arsey sometimes but I'm sick of the excuses. My mum Bigs Up her wonderful grandchildren on FB yet does diddly squat for them in real life. Really winds me up.

NeedACleverNN Thu 23-Jun-16 11:01:06

Question is, when they deign to speak to you again, why would you bother replying

Probably sad.
I am a glutton for punishment I really am. I want to say fuck it, I've had enough no more and go no or low contact but then I think, it's my family. My parents. My children's grand parents and I end up feeling guilty again

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