The internet can be a strange place, but plenty of social media users have been outraged by the latest discovery.

There’s a forum on Reddit, where people can post asking if they have done wrong.

One father shared his parenting methods on Reddit’s Am I The A**hole forum.

The 50-year-old dad of two explained he’s a widower. He’s ruffled feathers by admitting he treats his 15-year-old daughter differently to his 17-year-old son.

Extra-curricular activities can be expensive and can soon add up.


This father says he pays for his teenage children to do their activities, but he makes his daughter do housework to earn her the money for hers.

The son does not have to do chores, as the dad views the daughter’s activities as “hobbies”.

Even worse, he says the reason she has to “pay him back” in chores is because he has to spend more money on monthly supplies of sanitary products for her periods.

In other words, she has to earn her pads or tampons.


His post reads: “I lost my wife ten years ago. It’s just me and my two kids, recently it caused a big stink with some family that my daughter does chores, but my son does not.

“I explained it’s because I have to spend extra on my daughter each month not only for her extracurriculars, but for her monthly supplies, so it‘s my way of having her pay me back. She cleans the shared living spaces and bathrooms in our apartment and cooks four meals a week.

“My brother said I spend twice as much on my son’s extracurriculars and by my logic, he should have to do chores too. I explained he didn’t because I feel his could help him get into college but hers were just a hobby in my opinion.”

His daughter overheard this conversation and began refusing to do the chores.


She was understandably upset by the difference, and didn’t feel the divide was fair.

“I told her she’d still be doing her chores and life isn’t fair so stop being a brat, or I’d refuse to pay for her extracurricular stuff or pads. I wouldn’t actually do that, but I was mad when I said it.

“She packed a bag and took off. She’s been staying with my sister who called me an abusive a**hole when I demanded she send [daughter] home. My brother and sister are coddling her and I’m furious.”


Now more than a thousand people have responded to his post. Unsurprisingly, the majority of readers are siding with his daughter.

One wrote: “This can’t be real… make your daughter do chores because you have to pay for period supplies monthly…..which she literally cannot help? You’re an a**hole in every way.”

Someone else wrote: “YTA (You’re the a**hole) Not for expecting your child(ren) to pitch in around the house, but for the sexism and the godawful manner you’ve approached this with.

“Withholding pads from a teenage girl as punishment? What?

“Expecting your son will go to college, but basically writing her off? The 50s called, they don’t want you either.”

Someone else added: ” I am really glad his daughter has someplace healthy to go and stay and away from this sexist abusive nonsense.”

Do you agree with the father?

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