A woman says she was accused of disrespecting her stepsister by making her a vegetarian – rather than vegan – pizza.
In a post on Reddit, she shared how her stepmom, the toddler’s mother, is “extremely health conscious” and only feeds the girl an organic vegan diet.
The woman explained that the spat began after she was tasked with caring for her brother on a short-term basis.
She writes that she usually “understands” their dietary needs, but had few options in the house and opted to make vegetarian pizzas for herself and the four-year-old, the shimmer reports.
Although she did her best, the woman says the girl’s mother was unhappy and says the writer shouldn’t babysit anymore until she ‘learns to respect his wishes’ .
In his positionshe said: “My father has a four-year-old daughter with his current wife, my mother-in-law. My mother-in-law is vegan and extremely health conscious after surviving cancer, and only allows my sister vegan and organic food She believes everything else is toxic and cancerous I try to understand that even though I am not a vegan or vegetarian myself.
“She asked me last minute to babysit my sister last week and dropped her off at my apartment around 9:00 that morning. She first told me she would only be gone 2-3 hours, but she didn’t pick her up until almost 2:00 p.m. due to a late appointment.”
She continued: “My mother-in-law prepared a bag containing only apple slices, a zip bag of cauliflower crackers and organic juice. At noon, I was hungry and did not want to prepare myself to eat without feeding her, and she had already eaten her snacks. My healthy food options were limited, so I made vegetarian pizzas for us and also gave her juice and fruit snacks.
The woman was honest about what she had fed the youngster when her mother came to pick her up, and she was furious, saying the food was ‘unhealthy’ and refusing to let her babysit until she could.” learn to respect” his dietary requests.
“After my mother-in-law picked her up I told her what we had for lunch and she was upset that I gave her daughter non-vegan cheese and fruit snacks, but I qualified all unhealthy,” she added.
“She thought I should have either waited for her to pick it up or gave her some of the raw vegetables we put on the pizza to appease her appetite until she was picked up.
“My father has since informed me that my stepmother no longer wants me to babysit until I learn to respect her wishes regarding her parenthood.
“I can see how I can be the asshole considering I knew it wasn’t vegan, but I also tried my best and didn’t just throw a steak in front of her.”
The woman then returned to the post to offer more information, including an explanation of why she didn’t call or text her mother-in-law first, and why she didn’t run to the store to find more suitable snacks.
“I didn’t call or text ahead because my mother-in-law informed me that her phone would be on silent while she was on her appointments,” she wrote. .
“I also didn’t have a booster seat to get to the store, and food delivery services are expensive where I live, which I don’t really have any extra money for right now. (broken student stuff).”
And commenters on the Reddit post were largely on the woman’s side, as many pointed out that her stepmother should have provided more food for her daughter.
One person wrote: “You took care of a starving child. If the mother was really worried she could have sent you some vegan food.”
While another said: “If this is the diet she chooses for her child, she must provide an adequate amount of food for her child. Her delay is not your problem. She has not prepared correctly and you have chosen to feed a child instead of letting them go hungry.”
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