My brother gets babied

United States
January 13, 2007 2:05pm CST
Sooo, I've been living at home the past month for winter break since I'm a college kid...and its' good to be home, but there's one thing that is getting on my nerves: My brother is babied. By my mom mostly. And it gets really annoying. I'm convinced it's the Little Kid syndrome, but still. He's 13 years old, and in the 7th grade. He's going to be in high school in 2 years, and he's still whiny and immature. The other day, I went to the store to get school supplies for the next semester, and I came back to find the kitchen billowing in smoke. well, it turns out that my brother was responsible for putting some chicken in the boiler for dinner. Mom had to run to the grocery store for a couple minutes. Well, he did what he was told, but then he went right downstairs to play more video games. Thankfully, I just moved the pot of chicken to another boiler. Mom came home. I told her what happened, and she was FURIOUS. She called my brother upstairs. He comes upstairs, completely sobbing, and my mom goes soft. She just gives him a stern lecture about how these things happen, but don't do it again. He said he was doing homework, which I find ridiculous. I asked him if he was doing his homework, why couldn't he do it in the dining room so he could look over the chicken. My mom lets my brother go COMPLETELY UNPUNISHED. Then she turns and yells at ME for being too hard on my brother. My dad said "The look of terror on his face was punishment enough" Just now, my brother started an argument with me out of the blue about my cat, who had to go to the vet about a bump on her hip. My mom's worried it's cancer. The results aren't back yet,and my brother started something with me YESTERDAY about how she could die or something. The vet had told my parents that it's nothing cancerous, and it shouldn't be worried about. I told my brother that, and the argument was done, so I thought. Just now, out of the BLUE, he started that argument up again. I argued back, my brother left to go get his haircut, then my mom says "Your mouth is going to get you into trouble" to me. I'm so sick of my brother getting babied. I think he starts these arguments purposely because he knows that in the end, I'm the one that's going to be getting yelled at. I'm only home for a day and a half more before I go back, but it's really getting on my nerves. If my mom continues to baby him, he's going to grow up as a wimp, expecting everyone to fight his battles for him. *Fume*
2 responses
• Oman
8 Feb 07
well id suggest just give it a little time. once he starts hanging out more with his friends he'll start to act a little more mature and later on it might be a problem at home because he will resent your mothers babying, especially if he has friends over. theres nothing you can do at the moment except grin and bear it, and dont get upset when he says silly things because that will only encourage him more. just adopt the ya whatever attitude and start treating him like a baby too ;)
@puma_nz (999)
• New Zealand
13 Jan 07
Is he the youngest in the family??? Dont worry too much, Things will change soon enough.. His friends will see what he does eventually.. My daughter is 11yrs old and she pretty much is the same only her FRIENDS have been withdrawn from her because of the way she is with me. Now shes questioning why her friends dont want anything to do with her.. Your brother will realise that he needs to "GROW UP" especially when it comes to taking responsibility for his own actions because his friends will see that he is totally dependant on Mum and most boys find that rather irritating that their own friend cant think for himself.