Mom sparks controversy after showing ‘blatant favoritism’ toward her youngest daughter: ‘You seem to have no sympathy’

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A mother was called out for picking favorites between her two daughters.

She shared what happened on Reddit’s “Am I the A******? (AITA)” forum. Her eldest daughter Haley has struggled with infertility, while her youngest Stephanie is currently pregnant. While throwing a baby shower, Haley called the mom out on favoring Stephanie’s needs.

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“I (56F) have two daughters ‘Haley’ (32F) and ‘Stephanie’ (29F),” she wrote. “Stephanie is 5 months pregnant with her first child. The father is not in the picture. Haley and her husband have been struggling with infertility for a few years. She has always been jealous of Stephanie but the pregnancy is making her even more jealous.Recently I threw a baby shower for Stephanie. Haley lives a 16 hour drive away and Stephanie lives 4 hours away. I have only one guest bedroom with a queen bed. I also have a futon in the basement.”

“Haley and her husband arrived first and I told them to sleep on the futon in the basement because the guest bedroom was reserved for Stephanie. I made up the futon with extra padding and thick blankets to make it as comfy as possible for them. Haley threw a fit because they drove 16 hours and I told her that Stephanie needed a comfortable bed because she’s pregnant. Haley didn’t listen and she and her husband went into the guest bedroom to take a nap.”

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“They woke up and made up the bed then moved to the basement before Stephanie arrived but when Stephanie wasn’t happy when she found out that her bed had already been slept in,” she explained. “They got into a small argument over that, and Haley accused me of playing favorites. I explained that she has never been pregnant so she doesn’t understand how taxing pregnancy can be on the body.”

“The next morning as we were getting ready for the baby shower Stephanie saw on Instagram that the baby’s father had found himself a new girlfriend. I spent an hour consoling her while Haley and her husband set up everything. I came downstairs and Haley started complaining about what a ‘drama queen’ Stephanie is and I’m ‘enabling’ her. I told her that if she was going to keep up her negative attitude, she’d better leave because I wasn’t going to let her ruin the baby shower. They left in a huff. When some of the guests asked why Haley wasn’t there I told them the truth, and a few thought I was being too harsh. AITA?”

Redditors thought the mom was the problem here.

“At least you were honest enough that everyone else was able to see your blatant favoritism toward Stephanie,” a user wrote.

“Wow you seem to have no sympathy for you oldest daughter at all,” another commented.

“Your behaviour is driving a wedge between your daughters who are already dealing with some pretty intense rivalry without your help,” someone added.

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