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“She’s Sitting On A Computer All Day”: Dad Thinks His Work Is More Important Than Daughter’s, Gets A Reality Check Online
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“She’s Sitting On A Computer All Day”: Dad Thinks His Work Is More Important Than Daughter’s, Gets A Reality Check Online

Work comes in all shapes and sizes, especially nowadays. Full-time, part-time, freelance, flexible contracts, no set schedule work, seasonal work, overtime work, rotating schedule, unpredictable schedule… You get the idea! Fact is, not one of those is better than the other, just maybe less common to come across.

That last fact leads to us imagining what the other side is like—more flexible schedules clearly mean that the person has more time to insert daily tasks and responsibilities at their free will. Clearly that isn’t always the case, as we’ll see in this story today.

One dad came to r/AmIthe[Jerk] to ask whether he was in the wrong for his actions, or whether his daughter was, as he called it, self-centered and childish. The internet was quick to respond and the resulting verdict may have not been what the dad had anticipated.

Remember—Bored Panda is just the messenger, don’t downvote just because you disagree with the situation. Leave your thoughts in the comments section below, telling us what you would have done differently. If you’re craving another AITA afterwards, here’s a link to one here. Now let’s get into it!

The last thing you want to do after work is deal with errands, so you ask your kids for help. But if their work clashes with your set timelines, it may lead to issues

Image credits: Mikhail Nilov (not the actual photo)

One dad wondered whether he was the jerk for getting into a heated argument with his “childish” daughter over some un-run errands

Image credits: Karolina Grabowska (not the actual photo)

Credits: daughterthrowAITA

Finding balance between work and family is often not the easiest thing, requiring communication and understanding from both sides, and it seems that both had been lacking in the situation that, unfortunately, unfolded.

Let’s take a step back for one second and take a look at everything that happened. Daughter came home for the holidays to spend a few weeks with her family. During that time, she was busy grading her students’ papers, however, her dad didn’t seem to think that it was ‘real work’ with her clearly having the spare time to spend with the family.

Errand after errand came up with which he wanted her help, but she refused to follow his deadlines for when said errands needed to be done, as she was busy with work. That irked the dad to the point of him confronting her, escalating into telling her to stay somewhere else, which she happily agreed to do. She packed up her things and left for her girlfriend’s home.

Now, we can never judge these situations fully, as all we know about their relationship is explained in a few measly sentences. However, it certainly seems that the two have not had a conversation on boundaries, the dad hypocritically expecting his daughter to do the tasks he himself didn’t feel like doing due to post-work fatigue.

What is very obvious, however, is that a parent should never throw ultimatums like these at their kids: behave or leave. Jessica Alexander and psychotherapist Iben Sandahl argue that giving ultimatums to children essentially puts parents in a power struggle with their kids, where there has to be a winner and a loser.

What parents often don’t realize is that they are the ones losing, even if they feel they won in the moment. They lose closeness with threats and fear, and then they lose respect, because children learn that boundaries don’t mean anything. What did the dad win in this situation? He drove his eldest daughter away, and got the rest of the family angry with him.

It’s not too surprising that the internet came to a conclusion that the man was indeed the jerk for his actions. Could the daughter have been more open and transparent with her schedules? Mayhaps, but when the ears of understanding are closed, speak as much as you wish, it won’t lead you far.

We hope that the family is able to reunite, apologize, and move forward with a bit more clarity as to what actually matters: being in the authoritative position of power and dominance, or having a peaceful connection with the ones that love you the most. Leave us your thoughts on this story in the comments below, dear Pandas, and enjoy some of the opinions from fellow netizens.

Have a great day, and I’ll see you in the next one!

The dad came forth to give some more clarity on the situation and explain his actions further in the comments section

People unanimously agreed that he was in the wrong for how he handled things. Leave your opinions in the comments below!

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Sylvia DuBois
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1 week ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Do you really need to ask if yta? Your adult daughter does not owe you her time. She comes home and you treat her like a child. Good luck maintaining a relationship with her. Grad work is hard and even if she has 30 minutes to spare, you should not expect her to fill it with your errands.

RafCo (he/him)
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1 week ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yeah, I wonder about some of these. You'd think as you were writing this out that you'd realize what you're saying. But, I also look back on my own life and realize, hey that thing I was really upset about, and felt that I had been wronged. Actually, I was TA. This kind of self reflection doesn't come naturally. It helps to have a good therapist that can call you on your own s**t. It also helps to recognize, I can be a good person, and still make mistakes as a father and husband. But maybe I can learn from these, and be a better partner for my wife, and model for my kids. I want my kids to still want to spend time with me when they're adults after all. Hopefully this guy learns too.

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Jill Rhodry
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1 week ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The thing that jumped out at me was "I told her..." - really, not asking but telling?

Ultimatum0000
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1 week ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Read it and weep Dan. I can't speak for everyone, but as a man, you're 1950's, 'Women are second class citizens', viewpoint shows you're not a man, since real men don't think like that. If you are married I feel sorry for the poor girl you most likely had to buy to be with you, cause I doubt anyone can love someone who thinks like that. You need a reality check grandpa. Women aren't second class citizens, nor are they objects or whatever sexist b******t you believe. That line of thinking died out a long time ago and should stay dead. People like you need to go outside, walk up to the nearest tree and beg its forgiveness for wasting the oxygen it provides you with.

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Lauren S
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1 week ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Grad school is time consuming and exhausting!!! You do more work outside the classroom than in it, A LOT more work. And she is working too! I sympathize with the daughter. Yes, a lot is sitting at a computer, but you can be mentally drained too which can lead to being physically tired. My work now is not physically taxing but, boy oh boy, it is emotionally draining at times. All that said, these are favors/requests and not demands. He needs to show her more respect as an adult. It sounds like she was willing to help, she just couldn’t drop everything and do it that second. I hope they find a middle ground and he learns something from this AITA so they can have a relationship.

Deborah Rubin
Community Member
1 week ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Going for a Masters alone was hard work (couldn't afford to get PhD). A doctorate is so much harder. Dad should be proud of her and not treat her as an errand girl.

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Sylvia DuBois
Community Member
1 week ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Do you really need to ask if yta? Your adult daughter does not owe you her time. She comes home and you treat her like a child. Good luck maintaining a relationship with her. Grad work is hard and even if she has 30 minutes to spare, you should not expect her to fill it with your errands.

RafCo (he/him)
Community Member
1 week ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yeah, I wonder about some of these. You'd think as you were writing this out that you'd realize what you're saying. But, I also look back on my own life and realize, hey that thing I was really upset about, and felt that I had been wronged. Actually, I was TA. This kind of self reflection doesn't come naturally. It helps to have a good therapist that can call you on your own s**t. It also helps to recognize, I can be a good person, and still make mistakes as a father and husband. But maybe I can learn from these, and be a better partner for my wife, and model for my kids. I want my kids to still want to spend time with me when they're adults after all. Hopefully this guy learns too.

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Jill Rhodry
Community Member
1 week ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The thing that jumped out at me was "I told her..." - really, not asking but telling?

Ultimatum0000
Community Member
1 week ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Read it and weep Dan. I can't speak for everyone, but as a man, you're 1950's, 'Women are second class citizens', viewpoint shows you're not a man, since real men don't think like that. If you are married I feel sorry for the poor girl you most likely had to buy to be with you, cause I doubt anyone can love someone who thinks like that. You need a reality check grandpa. Women aren't second class citizens, nor are they objects or whatever sexist b******t you believe. That line of thinking died out a long time ago and should stay dead. People like you need to go outside, walk up to the nearest tree and beg its forgiveness for wasting the oxygen it provides you with.

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Lauren S
Community Member
1 week ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Grad school is time consuming and exhausting!!! You do more work outside the classroom than in it, A LOT more work. And she is working too! I sympathize with the daughter. Yes, a lot is sitting at a computer, but you can be mentally drained too which can lead to being physically tired. My work now is not physically taxing but, boy oh boy, it is emotionally draining at times. All that said, these are favors/requests and not demands. He needs to show her more respect as an adult. It sounds like she was willing to help, she just couldn’t drop everything and do it that second. I hope they find a middle ground and he learns something from this AITA so they can have a relationship.

Deborah Rubin
Community Member
1 week ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Going for a Masters alone was hard work (couldn't afford to get PhD). A doctorate is so much harder. Dad should be proud of her and not treat her as an errand girl.

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