Going on a trip with your partner is a great way to see if your characters actually match… or if you just think that they do. There’s nothing like spending extended periods of time together, with a bit of stress and new environments thrown in, to see who someone really is underneath the smiles and jokes. Unfortunately, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows.
One redditor, a 27-year-old woman with two young sons who are 6 and 9 years old, shared how an awesome road trip she’d planned for them went sour. And it all began when her 44-year-old boyfriend ‘Dave’ and his 17-year-old daughter decided that they wanted to crash the trip for some bonding experience. That was a huge mistake. The redditor’s patience eventually broke and she was forced to take drastic measures.
Scroll down for the full story, and be sure to let us know in the comments what you think about the entire drama, dear Pandas. But be warned—the entitlement and rudeness that the boyfriend and his daughter showed is off the charts.
A family trip that was supposed to be fun quickly devolved into a nightmarish road trip
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Here’s the full story about how rudeness and entitlement can lead to more karma than you can handle
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It’s bad enough that the boyfriend and his daughter joined the redditor’s long-planned vacation without being asked to. It’s bad enough that they were miserable company. But the worst part? The author of the post wasn’t able to do anything with her kids. You know, despite the entire trip being about them and what they wanted.
So it’s not surprising that she snapped when she did. Really, she had the patience of a saint. But even saints can’t (and shouldn’t!) tolerate people who trample on their feelings and make their kids feel awful.
The woman left her boyfriend of three years and his whiny queen-of-a-daughter 800 miles from home. At least she had the decency to drop them off at a car rental place. The kicker? The teenage daughter didn’t want to use a rental car. Not that they had enough money for one… because she had spent most of daddy’s cash already!
This entire story explains the vital need to have strong boundaries. Both within romantic, as well as familial relationships. When all else fails, open and honest communication about boundaries can help salvage the relationship. Or at least help put all the cards on the table.
Parenting blogger Samantha Scroggin told Bored Panda previously that good communication solves a lot of issues in family contexts. For instance, it can help prevent your loved ones from misinterpreting your actions for rudeness or a lack of appreciation.
“I think when establishing boundaries with family members, being clear and using good communication are the best routes,” she told us how to get ahead of heated arguments.
However, this means that everyone has to be able to communicate their thoughts and feelings freely. It’s always a two-way street. Samantha noted that people are different and have different personalities, so some might avoid conflict and refuse to speak about what troubles them openly.