Internet backs man for gifting him ‘unavailable’ parenting son-in-law book

Members of a popular online forum rushed to the defense of a relative’s father who was accused of insulting his son-in-law on his birthday.

In a viral Reddit post posted on puncture r/AmITheA**, Redditor u/Throwthe4257 (otherwise referred to as the original poster, or OP) recounted multiple heated reactions with his sister-in-law and explained how a recent birthday present exacerbated tensions.

entitled “[Am I the a**hole] to give me [brother-in-law] A parenting book for birthday and embarrassing [him] In front of everyone? The post has received nearly 7,000 upvotes and 700 comments in the last 10 hours.

The original poster wrote that he regularly visits his sister, who has two children and is seven months pregnant, and said he has noticed that his brother-in-law rarely helps with any parenting duties.

The original poster also said that when he and his wife revealed that they were expecting their first child, his son-in-law made sure to spoil the exciting ad.

“Mine [brother-in-law] Do little else at home or even take care of the children. My sister is seven months pregnant [and] He makes her lift heavy things, chase the kids, bathe them and cook for them.”

“He claims that it is not usually this ‘not available’ but since it is ‘football season’ he needs to catch up with all the matches.” “I was furious…especially after he ruined…my wife’s first pregnancy announcement by asking my wife if she was sure I would be a decent father.”

On his brother-in-law’s last birthday, the original poster said he was having trouble deciding on a gift, but eventually found something perfect and waited for the perfect moment to present it.

But that moment turned out to be another questioning of the original poster’s wife.

“[He] I can’t stop teasing my wife about the pregnancy by saying there are 80 [percent] Likely to be a dead father,” the OP wrote. When it’s time for gifts… I wake up [and] He handed him a book on parenting… titled “The Gift of Failure.”

“He took a look and then left… my sister ran after him and later came back saying he calmed down after she turned [TV] At a football match, “The OP continued.” He emailed me later saying I embarrassed him and made fun of him in front of everyone and demanded a public apology. “

Online, family and marriage websites have examined strained relationships between in-laws and offered potential solutions to a myriad of related issues.

But while family education and other outlets recommend individuals to remain open to their in-laws and to set boundaries when necessary, tension between in-laws can often be more complex and inevitable.

newly, NEWSWEEK He reported on several Reddit threads detailing angry clashes between siblings in law and other family members, including a brutal and public takedown similar to the original post, and an additional pair of threads in which two despised sisters called out sisters’ pairs for their childish and “incompetent” behavior.

In all three cases, the Redditors stood firm with those willing to stand up to a vicious and angry brother-in-law and praised the mental fortitude needed to do so.

Members of the r/AmITheA** hole on Reddit advocated for one man to give his sister-in-law a book on parenting for his birthday.
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In the case of the original poster, the reaction was much the same, with Redditors praising the OP for resisting his son-in-law’s actions.

“[His wife] He should avoid tantrums through distraction…like a little kid,” Redditor u/that_ginger927927 wrote in the post’s top comment, which garnered nearly 11,000 upvotes.

“Of course [not the a**hole]”Needs a wake-up call,” they added.

Redditor u/ExcitementGlad2995, whose comment received more than 3,500 upvotes, echoed that sentiment and shifted some of the blame to the original poster’s sister.

“You may need a wake-up call, too,” they wrote. “Method [he] Acting makes her have three children soon to be four children to take care of.

“I hope she starts to realize that and decides if she wants to be the mother/wife of an adult,” they added.

In a separate comment, which has garnered more than 1,000 votes, Redditor u/Katana1369 also commented on the original poster’s sister, but unlike u/ExcitementGlad2995, her husband took the blame for refusing to help out at home.

They wrote: “He was orchestrating his poor parental upbringing on you.” “You will be able to embarrass him every day just by being a good father.”

They added, “I feel very sorry for your sister, but it is clear that she chose to be a single mother despite the fact that the father of her children was there.”

NEWSWEEK Reached out to u/Throwthe4257 for comment.

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