Father Struggles With Wife's Overprotective Behavior Towards Daughter's Friend

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Wife's overprotection limits daughter's playtime with male friend. 😔

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Navigating overprotective parenting and peer pressure as a father 🤔

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Child wrongly accused of stealing while under overprotective supervision 😔

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Overprotective mother accuses daughter's friend of stealing, chaos ensues 🤯

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Child's jacket and necklace scrutinized at store, overprotective mother blamed

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Misunderstanding leads to end of daughter's friendship ❄️

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Daughter wants dad to add more detail to the Reddit post 🙌

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Celebrating diversity and dispelling ignorance 🌍🌈

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Wife fakes emergency to control husband's behavior. 🙄

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Father confronts wife overprotecting daughter's friend on Christmas 🎄

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Daughter takes over father's phone amidst struggle with overprotective behavior.

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Father shares breakfast story before dealing with overprotective wife 🍿

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Caught in the act? 😳 Father's struggle with overprotective wife.

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Father regrets ignoring daughter's complaints about overprotective wife. 😔

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Wife overreacts to daughter's gymnastics lesson, calls boy pervert 😬

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Controlling mother forbids daughter's friend to play with makeup 💄

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When a guest overstays their welcome...and overeats your food 🙄

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Father discovers wife's secret behavior, daughter loses trust 😔

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Father shares thread with daughter, surprised by mature response 🤔

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Acceptance and regret after daughter's comes out as bi 💕

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When differences in parenting styles cause family friction 💔

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Father struggles to navigate wife's overprotective behavior towards daughter's friend

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Father confronts overprotective wife about daughter's friend, causing breakdown.

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Shocking revelation about daughter's friend, wife's secrecy raises questions 🔍

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When sharing makeup becomes a hygiene concern 💄

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Navigating overprotective behavior: Misunderstandings and good intentions 🤝

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Family therapy for overprotective behavior towards daughter's friend. 😔

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Father seeks advice after wife's overprotective behavior causes relationship issues.

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Daughter's friendship with male friend causes concern for father.

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Gender play in children and how parents can respond supportively.

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Father discovers disturbing behavior of overprotective wife

A father on Reddit has been left reeling after discovering the concerning behavior of his overprotective wife. The man's wife has been insisting on always supervising their daughter's playdates with a boy of a similar age and even watches them closely when they are in the same room. However, a recent incident has brought her behavior into question.

The children were left alone for a short period of time and an employee at a store accused the boy of stealing. The wife sided with the employee and demanded the boy remove his jacket, which he refused to do. The situation quickly escalated and the boy left in the cold without his jacket.

The father has since discovered other worrying incidents, such as the wife screaming at the boy for giving his daughter a gymnastics lesson and calling him a pervert, as well as criticizing his eating habits. The father is now considering family therapy, but his daughter's recent revelations about her friendship with the boy have left him feeling lost and confused.

Read on for more details and advice on this troubling situation.

Debate over terminology aside, is the wife's behavior justified?

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Father discovers wife hates daughter's friend, commenters shocked

Ashamed_Topic8280 | Ashamed_Topic8280

Possible racial profiling by wife. Uncomfortable situation. NTA.

ReasonableFig2111 | ReasonableFig2111

Commenter sheds light on overprotective parenting and lack of effort to raise better children. Parent in the story reflects on their own behavior.

Dye_Harder | Dye_Harder

Father recounts overprotective behavior towards daughter's friend at store.

Temporary_Tiger_7196 | Temporary_Tiger_7196

Trust your daughter and don't let overprotective behavior ruin friendships. 🤝

JudgeJed100 | JudgeJed100

Father defends daughter's friend against overprotective wife. Time for sex ed?

Bornfish119games | Bornfish119games

Conflicting stories and miscommunication lead to family feud. 🔍

Jafflehead | Jafflehead

Concerning behavior from wife and daughter's privacy needs ignored. ESH.

bibbiddybobbidyboo | bibbiddybobbidyboo

Commenter calls out father's indecisiveness and bizarre treatment of daughter's friend

Suitable-Cod-1381 | Suitable-Cod-1381

NTA father deals with wife's racist and sexist behavior

BarbarianSpoonie | BarbarianSpoonie

Father challenges wife's overprotective behavior for daughter's friend 🤔

isabelladangelo | isabelladangelo

Spot on! This comment breaks down the situation perfectly 👌

claudia_grace | claudia_grace

Parenting advice taken too far sparks heated discussion.

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Commenter warns of long-term harm due to overprotective parenting.

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Calling out racism and sexism 👀👀

dinoxoko | dinoxoko

Wife's overprotective behavior towards daughter's friend is unacceptable. NTA

MillieHillie | MillieHillie

Protect your daughter's best friend from your wife's racism! 🤬

Rodents210 | Rodents210

Protecting daughter's trust and agency over sensitive gender identity information 🙏

meg_allen | meg_allen

Let your daughter and her friend explore their identities 🌈👭

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Father discovers wife's overprotective behavior towards daughter's friend.

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Wife accused boy of stealing without any valid reason 🙄

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Father seeks advice on overprotective wife's illegal actions and parenting.

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Let them breathe! Overbearing parents risk sneaky behavior. 🚪🔓

stupidsimpson | stupidsimpson

OP, don't trust your wife blindly. Her behavior is concerning 😬

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Parent educates self on queer culture to support child's identity 🌈

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Defending against false accusations of theft, NTA prevails 🙌

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Father defends daughter's friend against wife's mistrust and failure.

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Defending daughter's friend against overprotective and potentially racist mother 🌈

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Let 14-year-olds be themselves! 🙌 NTA.

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Advice on supporting daughter in overprotective wife situation 🤝

reekreekitrhymes | reekreekitrhymes

ESH: Wife failed to take care of daughter's friend, parents need to communicate better, and daughter needs better sex education 💬👨‍👩‍👧

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Father seeks advice on wife's racism towards daughter's friend 🤔

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Father's wife overreacts to daughter's friend, protect daughter from wife 💔

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Wife's racism puts child in danger, NTA for protecting him 🛑🚫

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Possible racism towards daughter's biracial friend sparks controversy.

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🔥 Dumpster fire comment burns bright and hot

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Father's wife's overprotective behavior has gone too far, endangering daughter.

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Encourage acceptance and love for daughter's gender expression and attraction ❤️👧🏻💙👦🏻

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Father protects relationship with daughter amidst wife's overprotectiveness.

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Commenter addresses wife's overprotective behavior towards daughter's friend.

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Parent warned of consequences of overprotecting child's friendships. 🤪

Bageland2000 | Bageland2000

Sheltering kids only leads to sneaky behavior and bad relationships 🤐

SunshineG94 | SunshineG94

Supporting daughter's friendship despite wife's overprotection. #TrustIsKey 🤝

Fraseandchico | Fraseandchico

Trust lost between father and daughter due to overprotective wife.

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Commenter calls out wife's racism and overprotective behavior; NTA.

Murderbunny13 | Murderbunny13

NTA but support your daughter and see your wife's actions as racist 👍

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Overprotective parenting can lead to hiding things and resentment later ⚠️

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Parents can't control when daughter has sex. Wife is overprotective. NTA.

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OP's wife reveals true feelings about daughter's friend. 😳

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User calls out overprotective behavior of father's wife towards child

closetsnarker | closetsnarker

Don't fall for her excuses, listen to your daughter 👂🏼👨‍👧‍👦🚫

FluffySky1611 | FluffySky1611

Support your daughter and seek help from LGBTQ+ organizations. Don't let your wife's behavior alienate her.

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Teenage love is tough. Daughter deserves more trust from mother ❤️

Z0uk | Z0uk

OP's wife's behavior towards daughter's friend raises red flags 🚩

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Fiery response to wife's bigotry in the comment section 🔥

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Breaking free from helicopter parenting 🚁👨‍👧

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Wife's behavior towards daughter's friend may be gaslighting, listen to daughter 🤔

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Questioning wife's discipline, possible homophobia, and racism concerns.

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Advice from teenagers not helpful, trust daughter with safe sex.

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Father seeks advice on wife's overprotective behavior towards daughter's friend

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Overprotective parenting can harm a child's self-esteem and safety 🙅‍♀️

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Commenter criticizes overprotective parenting and defends daughter's friend.

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Insightful comment challenges assumptions about daughter's friend's sexuality. NTA.

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Don't let your wife's overprotective behavior control your family 🙏

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Overprotective wife's harmful behavior towards daughter's friend - NTA

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Wife's overprotective behavior raises questions, but boy deserves apology.

serenasplaycousin | serenasplaycousin

Wife might be gaslighting and manipulating husband and daughter. Seek help.

Sorcia_Lawson | Sorcia_Lawson

Encouraging open-mindedness and acceptance towards daughter's friend and their harmless experimentation 🌈

heckeroo | heckeroo