She Single-Handedly Raised Her Eldest Daughter in Near-Poverty, but When She Became Successful, Her Daughter Openly Resented How Much Better Off Her Younger Half-Siblings Were

A woman recently shared a story online about how the child she raised as a single mom is jealous of her younger children. She gave her daughter what she could as a child, but now her eldest is constantly comparing their different circumstances.

Tough start

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The woman wrote, “I’m 45 now, but I had my daughter, CJ, when I was 17. Her father didn’t stick around, and we really struggled for a bit.”

Solo upbringing

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“Even when I graduated college, I had student loan debt as well as juggling rent, food, and other expenses,” she added. “CJ never lacked necessities, but I admit she didn’t get a lot of material possessions.”

Doing her best

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The woman did her best during these times. She would try to save up and make Christmas and birthdays special.

No frills

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She admits that CJ’s childhood lacked the luxuries of others. They only went on vacation twice and had to move often. As the woman said, “We honestly teetered on the poverty line.”

Turnaround

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When CJ turned 17, the woman got out of debt. She got a promotion at work, and things started looking up. With some spare money, she was able to treat CJ a little. For example, she used her bonus to take CJ to Disneyland.

New beginnings

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CJ went to college. Soon after, the woman met her now-husband, Matthew. They have two children together. They could provide them with a materially better childhood than CJ had had.

Family outings

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Her new family went on a lot of holidays and trips. They always invited CJ and paid for her. The woman also got CJ gifts during the year and made sure she always felt included.

Unfair comparison

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When the family went to Disneyland together, CJ pointed out how different her childhood was. The woman understood and apologized. She told CJ she wished she’d been in a better place when she was young.

Unresolved feelings

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The woman thought that was the end of the matter, but CJ continued to complain whenever her half-siblings got anything. Things came to a head when they went out for her half-brother’s fifth birthday.

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The boy didn’t want a party. Instead, he wanted to see a Broadway production of Frozen. CJ came, but she pouted the whole way through the show and at dinner afterward.

Angry outburst

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The woman’s children were excited after the show. They were recalling the events when CJ butted in to say, “You know what I got for my fifth birthday, Jack? A Barbie from the dollar store.”

The confrontation

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The woman didn’t bite, but she later told CJ that she was out of line. She asked CJ if she would rather she didn’t treat her children. CJ said no but claimed the right to bring up her difficult childhood as much as she wanted.

Was she in the right?

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The woman was very sensitive to her daughter’s feelings, but she says she can’t keep apologizing for her childhood. She wrote to an internet forum to ask for support.

The internet responded

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One poster said, “I can’t understand it at all. She’s a 28-year-old woman jealous of a five-year-old. She wasn’t destitute; her mother was doing the best she could. She got Christmas and birthday presents.”

While another commenter declared, “It sounds like CJ needs therapy to work through these issues. She doesn’t seem to have any perspective or maturity.”

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