He Bought His Daughter An $80 Dress, But His Wife Doesn’t Think It’s Fair To The Other Kids. – ‘But we took them on a cruise.’
by Matthew Gilligan
Some children and some parents get all bent out of shape when they find out that one kid got something better or more expensive than another kid.
I’ve never understood that, but you know how people can be.
They get jealous, competitive, and downright annoying about this kind of stuff!
A dad shared his story on Reddit and asked if they were wrong for what they bought their teenage daughter.
AITA because I got my daughter a $80 dress?
“My family just got back from a weeklong cruise, and there is still some tension about this.
My wife and I took our 20yo son, 16yo daughter, 13yo son and 7yo son. Our oldest spent most of his time on vacation doing his own thing, having breakfast and dinner with the family but being seldom seen otherwise. My wife and I enjoyed spending time with out kids, but we also did some couple’s activities.
There are clubs on the boat for kids, and our 13yo really enjoyed them, but our 7yo didn’t and kept wanting to spend the day with his sister, who we’d given carte blanche to do her own thing as long as she ate with us and answered when we messaged her.
Their daughter was being a good sport.
She was a good sport and took her little brother on most of her adventures, swimming with him, taking him to trivia and doing the animation classes with him. I felt like this was very sweet of her and showed a great deal of maturity. The second to last day of the cruise I took her to the gift shop and told her to pick out whatever she wanted as thanks for looking after her brother.
She chose her gift.
She was very excited and ended up picking out a dress. The dress was $80. She wore it to dinner that night, and when she told her mom I bought it for her my wife gave me a weird look.
But his wife wasn’t happy…
After dinner she asked me why the hell I did that. I explained that it was a reward for looking after her brother. She said we can’t buy an $80 dress for our daughter and nothing for our sons. I said we didn’t get them nothing; but we took them on a cruise.
My wife said I’m an idiot. I don’t think so. We got some trinkets for the younger boys, about $20 worth of stuff. My wife thinks I messed up and said I should apologize to the boys. I refuse.
But he doesn’t think this was a big deal…
We took our adult son on a vacation that cost thousands of dollars, he has no reason to resent his sister being rewarded for being thoughtful. If we got our 7yo and 13yo a really expensive souvenir, it would probably be lost or broken. She still thinks I was a jerk though.”
Here’s how people reacted.
One reader was all about this story!
Another individual said he’s NTA at all.
This person thought he did a good thing.
And this individual said he’s NTA and they had a lot of thoughts on this matter.
I’m on his side on this one!
What do you think?