30 Redditors Shared The Most Toxic Things Their Parents Have Ever Done to Them

Maybe some people really are not cut to be parents

#18 Abusive father

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  When I was younger, maybe 14 years old, my father took me on a camping trip.

To give a quick backstory, my father has always been a drunkard and a chain-smoker and he was physically, mentally, and emotionally abusive. This was such a problem, it drove my parents to divorce and inevitably led to me choosing to live with my mother after he got upset and beat me at the age of 12.

Back to the camping trip, I figured I would give him a chance. Maybe he changed. Sure enough, he hadn’t. He bombarded me with attempts to buy me back through gifts all while going through beer and cigarettes as fast as I could remember. When he finally asked me why I wouldn’t just stay with him, I told him how much I hated his drinking and smoking. I told him that I watched my uncle and my grandfather drink their lives away and I wasn’t about to sit by idly and watch him do the same.

Finally deciding that I’d had enough, I decided to give him an ultimatum. I told him that he had a choice to make. He could either have me in his life or his alcohol and cigarettes. His response was “well I can’t give up smoking”.

That was all I needed to hear. I left and cried for hours while begging my mother to come to pick me up and take me home. —Paralorfal