The Big Bang
Several months ago, my human sibling Rachael began slamming her bedroom door whenever my parents made a comment about her behavior or refused permission for something she requested. Recently she began slamming her door whenever she entered or left her room.
Rachael is a night owl. So, whenever she leaves her room late at night she wakes up my parents. They have repeatedly asked her to stop. Last week they had it and removed the door to her room. When Racheal discovered what they had done, she was furious. They told her they would be willing to discuss replacing the door, in a few weeks after she had time to think about her behavior, if she could promise the slamming would stop.
Rachael thinks my parents are child abusers and should be reported to child protective services. She asked me to write to you to see if you would be willing to report them. She said if you filed the complaint, she could truthfully say she hadn’t reported them if she was asked.
Are you serious? I write an advice column. I’m not a handler who runs interference for acting out teenagers.
Why on earth are you defending Rachael? Do you really think her hostile behavior is OK? Aren’t you upset that she is preventing you and your parents from getting a good night of sleep? Sleep deprivation is not a nothing burger. Interrogators use it as a form of torture to break people down emotionally.
Rachael ignored your parents’ requests, so, they took matters into their own hands. Frankly, I think she got what she deserved. I also think Rachael is a manipulator, and you should take a page out of my book and stop doing her bidding.
© 2022 Geneva Woodruff
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