Partner Blaming Husband for Child Taking off His Clothes Angers Internet

The internet has slammed a partner after they blamed her husband for their child stripping naked all over the house.

Posted on Reddit’s r/AmITeA**hole forum, a partner under the username u/efalcone shared their story to get opinions from the “AITA” community.

“My toddler is going through a phase of constantly copying his father,” the original poster (OP) began. “One of the things he decided to copy is to take his clothes off.”

Partner blames husband for shirtless toddler
Upstairs, a couple is arguing on the couch. Posted on Reddit’s r/AmITeA**hole forum, a partner was slammed for blaming his husband for his child not wearing a shirt around the house.
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They believe that the reason their child is doing this is because OP’s man is walking around their house shirtless. When they asked her husband to stop so their son would, he was “offended” when he said he was “almost never shirtless” around their child. OP thinks it’s not a huge favor, but her husband is furious that they claimed he was the reason their son undressed.

news week asked u/efalcone for a comment. We have not been able to verify the details of this case.

An expert opinion on children copying their parents

“Children are expected to copy their parents and be a natural part of development,” says Dr. Mona Delahooke, author of Brain-Body Education: How to Stop Managing Behaviors and Raise Happy, Resilient Children said news week.

Delahook offered some insight into her thoughts on the viral Reddit post: “I would ask why is this a problem for parents? Maybe it’s cold and a health issue, but if not, it’s a good idea to allow children to follow their own inclinations. Also, the kid who doesn’t want to wear the t-shirt might have nothing to do with modeling at all. Behaviors are just the tip of the iceberg with endless explanations that are invisible.

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She suggested that there could potentially be tactile sensitivity – where you are more sensitive to a particular touch – where the child feels better not wearing a shirt. If that’s the case then OP’s husband wearing a shirt around the child wouldn’t help.

“One way to find out is to ask the child why they don’t want to wear the t-shirt. Some toddlers can answer such questions! When parents respect some of the child’s choices during infancy (as long as they are safe, of course), children gain a sense of agency and learn about themselves,” Delahooke added.

news week published a similar article, Top Parenting Tips from a Kindergarten Teacher. Other related articles about toddlers include a mom who shared her three toddler parenting tips “that actually work,” and a parent who didn’t let her toddler paint at school.

Redditor reactions

“[You’re the a**hole] for blaming your husband for something all toddlers do,” wrote u/Aunty_Fascist, receiving the top comment with over 16,000 upvotes. “Toddlers all love to undress and it is developmentally normal. And I personally don’t understand what the problem is, if a kid wants to run around shirtless in the privacy of your own home, why does that bother you? Let the kid do his thing.”

“Tell me this is your first child without telling me you’re a first-time parent. [You’re the a**hole]. And your struggles are just beginning,” said u/Available_Return6504.

“[You’re the a**hole]. All toddlers go through a period of “undressing”. You can’t blame your husband for being comfortable in his own home,” commented u/SpiritualLemon777.

“Toddlers are like drunk college students. They strip whenever they feel like it, for no reason at all,” emphasized u/Daligheri. “He’ll do a lot worse in public than undress, I promise you. He will outgrow it. [You’re the a**hole].”