Her Parents Demand She Become the Guardian of Her Autistic Brother in The Event of Their Death, but She Says It’s Not Her Responsibility

A daughter recently upset her parents by refusing to promise to care for her supposedly “autistic” brother when they died. She believed he was fine but she was worried about her decision. Here’s what the confused woman had to say.

Her Brother Wasn’t Diagnosed

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This lady had three brothers and the youngest one was named Peter. He was now 27 years old. When he was four, a family friend mentioned that Peter might be autistic, and that idea influenced how their parents treated him.

They Say He’s Autistic

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“A family friend told my parents that Peter might have autism (she said because her husband was a pediatrician and Peter reminded her of one of his autistic patients,” she said. Even though Peter was never formally tested. She didn’t believe them.

They Act Like He Can’t Do Things

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She believed her parents acted this way so they could always be needed and depended on by at least one of their children. They said Peter couldn’t do many things, even though he could.

They Never Believed His Teachers

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“One time I said I was going to make a sandwich, and Peter told me “Here, let me get it” and made us both a sandwich. When my parents asked,  I explained that Peter made them himself, they called me a liar and said that I had “manipulated” him into agreeing that he made them,” she explained. Also, whenever his teachers said he was capable of doing things himself, their parents would disagree.

Reality Check

Feigned Helplessness
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Instead, they insisted that he was helpless because of his never confirmed autism diagnosis. One day, their mom had a car accident and it made their parents think about what will happen to Peter when they were not around anymore.

They Asked Her for Help

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They now told her that they wanted her to take care of Peter when they were gone. They chose her because she’s the most suitable out of her siblings. Plus, her other siblings had their own reasons why they couldn’t do it.

She Said “No”

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She told her parents that she wouldn’t be taking care of Peter because she believed he was perfectly capable of taking care of himself. Her parents got upset and called her selfish.

Her Family Got Angry

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Her family, like her grandparents and uncle, got angry at her too for refusing. They thought she was being disrespectful to her parents who raised her and paid for her college.

Was She Right or Wrong?

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Now, she wasn’t sure if she made the right decision. She thought she might have been rude to her parents and was wondering whether to apologize and agree to take care of her brother.

The Internet Responded

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One user shared, “I’m autistic and function pretty well. I can cook, clean, and take care of myself and my kid. Because of that, my parents refuse to believe I’m autistic. It’s a spectrum.”

Another person suggested, “People who think that an autistic person (if he even is one) can’t live a full and normal life are the absolute worst.”

Source: Reddit

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