Ariel - posted on 07/22/2015 ( 2 moms have responded )
I'm Ariel, 21 years old, still trying to get my degree, working part time, and now raising my sister's 7 year old. I've been helping my parents take care of her for the last year, but I know it's my job to step up and do more. I know how to "take care" of her, but I'm struggling on how to really raise her. I know I'm young and there's plenty of things I'll need to be ready before I can really take her completely on my own. For a little insight my sister is older, and just doesn't want to raise her kid, she'd rather be with her abusive boyfriend. The father sees her maybe once a month and is always trying to move to another state. My grandparents attempt to help, but they keep trying to force my sister to be "the mom", and let my niece be a brat when she's with them. (If y'all have any advice on that front I would REALLY appreciate it) My parents kept her a year before I came back from college, but they're really just too old. They care for her, but they have no motivation to really spend time and work with her. She's a good kid but, like any kid, she has her issues. I know raising her and taking her is the right thing for her, but I'm so lost right now. And it's hard jumping straight into this role, without starting her as a baby. I know this post got pretty long.. Sorry for that. I'm a writer!