Mom Tells Husband His Behavior Is Why Their Son Doesn't Show Him Affection

Alfe Mercado
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A mother is at odds with her husband about their son's physical affection. The son shows more physical affection to the mother than the father. The mother believes the father's lack of physical affection is why the son doesn't show him the same. On the other hand, the father believes that the mother should force their son to show him physical affection. The mother refused, saying their son could choose who he is physically affectionate with. The father vented to his mom and sister, who both took his side. Who is in the right? Read on to find out.

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Why a mother's behavior might be the reason for her son's lack of affection towards his father 💔

A mother's affectionate behavior towards her son has made him more affectionate towards her than his father. The father, who is not very touchy-feely, feels left out and has asked his wife to force their son to show him physical affection. The mother refuses, stating that their son has the right to choose who he is physically affectionate with. The father has vented to his family members, who have taken his side. Reddit users are asked to weigh in on this parenting dilemma. Is the mother wrong for not forcing their son to be physically affectionate with his father, or is the father wrong for trying to force physical affection? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below.

jennyislander | jennyislander

Forced affection causes resentment in kids. NTA for husband.

Krazysnakelady | Krazysnakelady

Encouraging bodily autonomy in kids is important. NTA. 🙌

kaj2113 | kaj2113

Respect your child's bodily autonomy ❤️

Julie1412 | Julie1412

Forcing physical contact with a child is always wrong 👎🏻

Mirianda666 | Mirianda666

Being physically affectionate is not the only way to show love ❤️

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Father needs to reflect on his role in son's life 🤔

Impossible_Twist1587 | Impossible_Twist1587

Encourage affection, not entitlement. 😘

foofoofoofooood | foofoofoofooood

Husband jealous of son's affection towards wife. NTA.

Mammoth_Phase5478 | Mammoth_Phase5478

Respect your child's boundaries to avoid unhealthy people-pleasing tendencies 🙏

swoon30 | swoon30

Encouraging hugs can't replace genuine affection 💜

f1shandwhistle | f1shandwhistle

Encouraging a father to build a better relationship with his son ❤️

Kay_Elle | Kay_Elle

Respect children's boundaries. NTA. 👍

QAB1974 | QAB1974

Teaching your son consent is important in all relationships 👍

fiveoclockmocktail | fiveoclockmocktail

Encourage husband's affection, don't force son's.👨‍👦

pinelogr | pinelogr

Building a relationship with your child takes time and effort 🙌

favfallvegetable | favfallvegetable

Respect your child's boundaries and have a conversation with spouse 😊

MoodyRudyL | MoodyRudyL

Father wants son to show physical affection against his will 😠

Garden_gnome1609 | Garden_gnome1609

Understanding the importance of physical affection in parenting ❤️

EntlikeBeing | EntlikeBeing

NTA for not forcing son to show affection towards husband.

Miserable_Dinner_698 | Miserable_Dinner_698

Teach your kids love by showing them love 💕

GoodQueenFluffenChop | GoodQueenFluffenChop

Backwards logic alert! Trying to force affection never works 😒

DudeBroMan98 | DudeBroMan98

Teaching body autonomy and consent to children is crucial 👍

FearlessWillow9069 | FearlessWillow9069

Dad's jealousy is affecting his relationship with his son ❤️

The_unknown_df | The_unknown_df

Forced affection can breed resentment and discomfort for children 🙁

missxlita | missxlita

A dad's struggle for affection from his son explained. ❤️

kar98kforccw | kar98kforccw

Forcing physical affection can lead to consent issues. #NTA

danielkratos219 | danielkratos219

Let the baby lead the way 👶

BKMarie__ | BKMarie__

Different forms of affection, NTA comment defends loving father.

Chuusouul | Chuusouul

Respect your child's boundaries on physical affection. NTA.

eyeball_chamberss | eyeball_chamberss

Forced affection is not affection. NTA stance supported.

WetMonkeyTalk | WetMonkeyTalk

Encouraging comment on respecting child's boundaries and love language ❤️

GiveAPennyToKenny | GiveAPennyToKenny

Kids seek comfort from mom when sick, not a**hole behavior.

Busymomintx | Busymomintx

Encouraging healthy father-son relationship without forcing affection ❤️

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Respecting a child's autonomy is crucial ❤️ NTA

mama_llama44 | mama_llama44

Respectful response defends freedom of affection 🤝

Happy-Investment | Happy-Investment

Encouraging healthy communication and boundaries with child 🧸

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Encouraging reciprocity for affectionate parent-child relationship 💕

WhySoManyOstriches | WhySoManyOstriches

Mom defends husband against accusations of unaffectionate behavior

NessieMcGee | NessieMcGee

Solving family disputes can be tough, but therapy can help 🤝

Bobdmapel | Bobdmapel

Encourage growth, not blame. 🌱

TrixLots | TrixLots

Respect your child's boundaries for healthy relationships later on.

DaisyBellBaby | DaisyBellBaby

Can love be forced? 🤔

Squinky75 | Squinky75

Encouraging response to dad struggling with son's affection at 6 🤗

RipleyB | RipleyB