I avoid talking about my family here, but my parents just gave my super spoiled 9 year old sister a fucking iPhone. This bearing in mind she already has an iPad that is constantly dirty and that she is absolutely hopelessly addicted to, a laptop she violently slams against her lap or other things or straight up PUNCHES when it takes just one second too long to complete a task, and a room full of more creative and intelligence building toys that she never uses.
On top of this: Kids that are spoilt and always get what they want without effort usually end up more depressed, because they don't get to practice responsibility, creativity and the art of earning the things they want. Thus they are stuck with a fundamental feeling that they achieve nothing and can do nothing.
I told mom this, hoping she would keep it in mind when picking a phone for this girl. Especially since the kid has talked about wanting to die. Once again, SHE IS NINE YEARS OLD.
I kept telling them: Get a flip phone, get a flip phone, if she absolutely has to get a phone DO NOT GET A FUCKING IPHONE OR SMARTPHONE SHE ALREADY HAS ISSUES WITH SCHOOL
And they seemed to be all for the idea too.
Until it's time to actually buy the phone BECAUSE FUCK IT LETS GET AN IPHONE FOR NO RESPONSIBLE REASON WHATSOEVER
I am so glad that I move out next week so I don't have to keep watching the process of this kid gradually sealing a future as a depressed suicidal drug addict refusing to get a job.
Because that's where she'll end up if they don't change something.
And mom thinks she's doing super well in starting to properly raise the kid and demand responsibility...
...by getting down to the child's level and getting in screaming fights with her.
I have to listen to this shit every day.
Every. Fucking. Day.
It drives my other sister to the point of frustration and depression that she actually gets physically ill all the time and it's fucking up her school life. This other sister, btw, is studying and struggling hard in the hopes of becoming an engineer. She has dreams, aspirations, is willing to put in the work to get there... AND THEY ARE SCREWING HER OVER IN THEIR CONTINUED SPOILING OF THE OTHER KID.
I can't say this directly to them either because dad just shrugs, ignores you and thinks he knows best. Mom will argue, simply say "I disagree", or if you don't watch your step really carefully she will A. go into guilt mode, B. get mad at you because she thinks you're accusing her of being just like her mom. If she gets mad at you, she will start doing the things you hate even more just to spite you. She thinks it's the cool rebellious punk thing to do I guess. or C. if you say one single thing that she thinks sounds off, whether that be fundamentally or just GRAMATICALLY, she will focus in on that and correct you and center her entire counter argument against that. This in her mind means she is also justified in ignoring EVERYTHING ELSE YOU SAID and brush it off as you just being a moron.
TAKE ME AWAY FROM THIS FUCKING HOUSE