Dad's Disappointment: Is He Resenting His Daughter? 😢

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A concerned mother shares her story about her husband's behavior towards their 6-year-old daughter, Lily. From the moment she was born, the father seemed disappointed that she wasn't a son. As Lily grows up, her father engages her in traditionally masculine activities, but his recent actions have the mother questioning if he resents their daughter.

Expecting a Son, Getting a Daughter 🎀

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Daddy-Daughter Activities 🏈

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Tough Love or Something More? 😕

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Discovering Her Feminine Side 💄

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Dad's Harsh Reaction 😠

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Confronting the Issue 🗣️

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Defensive Dad 🛡️

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A Mother's Concern Grows 🌱

As the father continues to engage Lily in masculine activities and discourages her feminine interests, the mother can't help but wonder if he resents their daughter for not being a son. Despite confronting him about his behavior, the father denies any resentment and accuses the mother of being paranoid. What do you think? Share your thoughts and reactions below. 👇

Encouraging reflection on implicit biases and gender stereotypes. 👨🏻‍👩🏻

sr9876 | sr9876

Encourage gender-neutral parenting and validate children's interests. 👍

CakeEatingRabbit | CakeEatingRabbit

Toxic masculinity alert! Dad needs to address his insecurities ASAP 😡

TryUseful6038 | TryUseful6038

Engaging dad embraces his daughter's interests and personality. 👨🏻‍👧💕

Throwaway51276 | Throwaway51276

Challenging gender norms: NTA for asking valid questions 👏

inkognito_burrito | inkognito_burrito

Dad's overreaction to daughter's request for painting nails. 😢

Iothil | Iothil

Father's toxic masculinity hurts daughter's innocent joy. Keep calling out.

iopele | iopele

Encouraging acceptance of gender identity and nail painting. 💅

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Encouraging empathy and communication for a strained father-daughter relationship.

gover2087 | gover2087

Father's toxic masculinity hurts daughter's trust and love. 😢

ThreeRingShitshow | ThreeRingShitshow

Parenting advice: Let kids express emotions without shame. 🙌

Gothic0165 | Gothic0165

Breaking toxic masculinity: Daughter's husband sets an example. 💪

ArtoorV | ArtoorV

Breaking toxic masculinity: Daughter stands up to dad's overreaction 💪

wayward_painter | wayward_painter

NTA. Husband blaming wife for daughter's gender. Reminder: he's responsible.

Plane_Practice8184 | Plane_Practice8184

Breaking gender norms: A heartwarming story ❤

YEET-HAW-BOI | YEET-HAW-BOI

Commenter calls out dad's behavior, supports daughter. 👏

horsebedorties | horsebedorties

Memories last a lifetime, even for a 6-year-old 😢

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Breaking down toxic masculinity and gender stereotypes in parenting. 💪

Aftershock416 | Aftershock416

Agreeing with NTA verdict and OP's analysis 👍

WhyCommentQueasy | WhyCommentQueasy

Father-daughter bonding over hair accessories, husband needs to lighten up 😊

bigpapastu | bigpapastu

Husband's resentment towards daughter could harm her self-esteem. 😢

No-Satisfaction-1878 | No-Satisfaction-1878

Mother defends daughter's place in family against husband's favoritism.

Sad-Pipe-1044 | Sad-Pipe-1044

Breaking gender norms, this parent embraces their child's individuality. 👏

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Dad's disappointment impacting daughter, NTA suggests therapy 🙏

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Daughter's interests shut down by dad, leading to resentment. 😢

tialaila | tialaila

Breaking down internalized misogyny in father-daughter relationships 👫👧

MrChez85 | MrChez85

Breaking gender norms: a heartwarming 'girl dad' moment 😍

Fancy_Association484 | Fancy_Association484

Fair question: Is dad resenting daughter? NTA suggests discussion.

WalkingMusical | WalkingMusical

Father's gender bias affecting daughter's self-worth, therapy recommended 👨🏼‍💻

CleanCucumber620 | CleanCucumber620

Father's refusal for therapy may harm daughter's mental health 😢

mmxomiso | mmxomiso

Dad's nails painted? NTA overreaction sparks debate 🤔

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Encourage your daughter's creativity and bond with her through it 😊

General-Buy-8191 | General-Buy-8191

Spouse called out for bad behavior, NTA comment section

KnifeWeildingLesbian | KnifeWeildingLesbian

Father risks losing daughter if he doesn't change his behavior 😢

Osherono | Osherono

Protect your daughter from toxic and abusive behavior 😢

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Breaking gender stereotypes: A male perspective on parenting ✌️

FlyGuy1922 | FlyGuy1922

Protect your daughter and seek family therapy. 👏

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No a-hole here! Share your thoughts on the situation.

Creepy_Meringue3014 | Creepy_Meringue3014

Agreement with no drama. 👍

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Breaking gender norms can create fond memories with loved ones 😊

agarrabrant | agarrabrant

Daughter relates to OP's experience, warns of potential resentment towards dad.

NYer610T718 | NYer610T718

Breaking gender stereotypes: Daughter's acceptance of dad's disappointment.

otetrapodqueen | otetrapodqueen

Breaking gender stereotypes and embracing all interests. 💪

Poor_Alchemist23 | Poor_Alchemist23

Raising girls to be independent leads to confident and happy women 😊

TAforScranton | TAforScranton

Father's behavior may negatively impact daughter's self-image and development. 😢

Mizrani | Mizrani

Breaking gender norms can be a great bonding experience 👫💄. Validating your concern NTA.

yavanna12 | yavanna12

Toxic masculinity affecting father-daughter relationship 🤯

ParrotPumpkins | ParrotPumpkins

Supportive dad embraces his daughters' interests with no resentment 👏

ThatBritGamer | ThatBritGamer

Father's rejection of bonding activity with daughter sparks debate 🤔

ObjectivePiccolo4027 | ObjectivePiccolo4027

Parenting is a package deal 👨🏻‍🎤, not just the fun parts.

BaseballGoblinGlass3 | BaseballGoblinGlass3

Parental gender expectations can have lasting impacts on children. 👨‍🎓

Simply_Toast | Simply_Toast

Father's gender bias towards daughter causing concern for future sons.

Limerase | Limerase

Toxic masculinity alert! 🚨 Daughter's NTA, dad needs help

daisydukes1979 | daisydukes1979

Gender biases causing issues between father and daughter. 🤔

Averill0 | Averill0

Gender roles and insecurities in father-daughter relationship 😢

unsafeideas | unsafeideas

Addressing sexism in the family for daughter's well-being 🙏

MotherTeresaOnlyfans | MotherTeresaOnlyfans

Breaking gender norms is okay, husband needs to apologize. 🙌

Remarkable-Fennel-57 | Remarkable-Fennel-57

Father-daughter bonding over nails and power tools. NTA wins!

Standard-Spite-6885 | Standard-Spite-6885

Father's love questioned, husband's bias exposed. NTA wins.

Alzamly | Alzamly

Supporting daughter's femininity against husband's misogyny. #NTA 👏

MarnOo | MarnOo

Protecting daughters from growing up too fast 👏

Think-Mess9300 | Think-Mess9300

Breaking gender norms: a father's disappointment and one mom's response 🙌

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Sports can be beneficial for daughters too! NTA.

Alelitt94 | Alelitt94

Dad's priorities questioned for not wanting nails painted 🙄

Kellalizard | Kellalizard

Breaking down misogyny in parenting 👨‍👧‍👦

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Step dad wears pink ice cream nail, husband can paint nails 💅

kcl086 | kcl086

Breaking gender stereotypes: A daughter's struggle with her father's expectations 😢

Life_Fantastique | Life_Fantastique

Enabling toxic behavior can lead to a lifetime of issues 😢

Late_Tangerine7171 | Late_Tangerine7171

Acknowledging the issue but failing to protect daughter. 🤔

Nope_thank_you | Nope_thank_you

Defending a father's parenting choices against Reddit backlash 🙄

fudhungus | fudhungus

Encourage self-care with a Daddy Daughter pedicure day 💅

RebootDataChips | RebootDataChips

Encouraging communication and empathy with daughter's emotional expression 👨🏻‍💻

bopperbopper | bopperbopper

Toxic masculinity and invalidating feelings? Not cool, parents. 😡

coloradogrown85 | coloradogrown85

Dad's outdated views on masculinity and emotional dismissal explained 🤔

violet-nebula | violet-nebula

Dad rejects daughter's manicure request, called out for being disgusting.

Bostonxhazer514 | Bostonxhazer514

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