“My sister-in-law is an influencer – I’m worried my daughter admires her too much”

A mother is concerned about how much her influencer sister-in-law has inspired her impressionable teenage daughter and has asked her to limit job chat

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She wants her daughter to get an education (photo)

A woman has shared how much she loves her “sweet” sister-in-law Melissa, who has made a name for herself as a popular social media influencer.

Melissa, who recently moved to her town, has garnered quite a bit of online fame, sometimes even getting commissions from well-known makeup brands.

The woman’s 13-year-old daughter, Ana, naturally adores her cool aunt, who is also very into makeup herself, and enjoys learning her top beauty tips. It now seems that she is now interested in following in her glamorous footsteps.

Despite initial reservations about Melissa’s career path, her family eventually accepted her ambitions. She is said to be very good at what she does and earns as much as her brother, who has followed a much more traditional school and career path.

Regardless of Melissa’s success, however, the concerned mother worries Ana won’t see the risks of dropping out of school like her aunt did and is trying to encourage her to get some skills.

Ana looks up to her stylish aunt (photo)


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Writing on Reddit, the concerned mum said: “Recently Melissa started telling Ana about how she became successful after dropping out of school and all it takes to be successful is confidence, not a degree, and what you do.” learning in school doesn’t really have much value in real life.

“While I agree education isn’t everything, Ana is very easily influenced and takes things at face value. Two days ago, over dinner, she spoke about hating school and wanting to leave as soon as possible.

“I have nothing against Melissa or her job, but I don’t want Ana to upset the school and undermine the importance of education because dropping out doesn’t work for everyone.”

The poster – who goes by the username u/berylliumboron – decided to call Melissa and talk to her about it, telling her that at such an impressive age, Ana had to be careful about downplaying the importance of graduating.

Unfortunately, Melissa took this the wrong way, feeling like she was “insulting her intelligence.” She ended up hanging up and the two haven’t spoken to each other since.

Although the posterist feels she has her daughter’s well-being at heart, she now worries that she may have been doing things the wrong way.

However, her Reddit peers felt that she had indeed acted sensibly, given how important it is for aspiring influencers to keep an eye on backup careers.

One person advised: “I think this can be a stepping stone to an important conversation about how Ana thinks for herself. Explain that while Melissa has had success dropping out, this is not the norm and she is only speaking from her own experience.

“She will be bombarded with comments like this as she gets older and needs to be able to develop her own critical thinking skills to separate fact from opinion.”

Another said: “Respecting Melissa’s job and respecting education are not mutually exclusive. You can do both. You didn’t find your education worthwhile? Great, no problem.

“That doesn’t automatically apply to everyone else. And it certainly doesn’t give her the right to convince your daughter that her education isn’t worth it. They’ve set the boundaries now, as Ana’s parents and Melissa have to respect that.”

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