Thousands of internet commenters were outraged after a mother explained why her husband broke his daughter’s smartphone.
In a viral Reddit post published on r/AmITheA**hole, Redditor u/throwRAhome434 (otherwise referred to as the original poster, or OP) said that she rewarded her good grades by buying her daughter a new iPhone and her husband. That decision expanded the displeasure of.
Title, “[Am I the a**hole] To use my husband’s money to pay for my daughter’s Apple iPhone which he broke?” Viral Post It has received over 14,000 votes and nearly 2,500 comments in the last 8 hours.
“I bought [my daughter] iPhone and quite honestly, I haven’t seen her so happy in a while,” the original poster began. “It was refreshing to me because she went through really tough times over the years.”
However, after purchasing the iPhone for her daughter, the original poster stated that her husband made it clear that he “wasn’t happy” about it, and thought the device would only serve as a distraction.
“They said [phone] will only distract him from school and work…he [said] I shouldn’t have spent that kind of money,” the OP wrote. “My daughter took note of her attitude… but I told her to ignore it.”
Recently, the original poster said she found her husband broke the phone her daughter had bought, claiming that the teenager ignored her when he asked her to fetch something from a toolbox in the family’s garage.
“He used this incident as evidence that the iPhone was [a] Bad impression, but I yelled at him and demanded that he replace it.” “He said he wouldn’t, so I took money out of his account and paid for a new iPhone and gave it to my daughter.”
“He saw what I did and walked up to me, calling me vicious and terrible,” she continued. ,[He] Demanded the money taken by me, every penny.”
“My husband said he wouldn’t say a word to me ‘until I got it right,’ but I already said I owe him nothing,” she concluded.
For parents of teens, cell phone-related punishments are common.
In 2016, pew research center reported that 65 percent of parents in the United States have resorted to “digitally grounding” their high school-aged children to enforce family rules.
Over the past two decades, taking away a teen’s cell phone or Internet privileges as a form of punishment has turned into a powerful tool for parents across the country. However, arguments against the practice have arisen, and some experts have warned of the potential consequences of removing your child’s access to the digital world.
in an interview with Child Mind InstituteClinical psychologist Beth Peters notes that taking away a teenager’s cell phone can often lead to a damaged relationship between parent and child.
“When you remove a teen’s lifeline for your friends, there will be a huge emotional reaction,” Peters said. “They don’t try to solve the problem. They don’t talk to the parents. You’re really setting yourself up for a dishonest teen because they need that contact and the sneaky behavior to get it.” Will help.”
While there have been many arguments for and against taking a teenager’s cell phone as punishment, commenters reacting to the viral Reddit post were of the view that breaking a teenager’s cell phone was not a distraction or a bad thing. Could be an indicator of more problems than behavior.
Redditor u/TrenttheUncatchable1 wrote in a comment that garnered over 8,000 votes, “Paying him for an item he intentionally broke, especially when he knew how hard you worked to buy it, it totally is acceptable.”
“This really needs to be dealt with, and you need to be absolutely sure that your daughter isn’t being treated badly as part of your relationship problems,” he continued. “Seek couples advice immediately or reevaluate the marriage, but don’t let your daughter get in the way.”
In a separate comment, which has received nearly 18,000 votes, Redditor u/nesqxick offered a different, more obvious solution.
“Sounds like you need to save up for divorce,” he wrote.
Another Redditor said, “If my…partner broke my kid’s iPhone for one time to ignore it, I’d file for divorce.”
newsweek Contacted u/throwRAhome434 for comment.