A woman kept encouraging her son to speak more enthusiastically, but the boy’s father thought trying to change his personality was wrong. They got into a row over dinner after she tried to force their son to speak how she wanted him to again. Here’s what he had to say:
They Had A Happy Marriage
The man said, “Let me preface this by saying that I love my wife. I just think she can be a bit inconsiderate at times.”
They Disagreed Over How To Raise Their Son
Their 15-year-old son had what his wife called a “deadpan voice.” While the man believed their son had the right to express himself in his own way, his wife insisted he should be more enthusiastic and vocal.
She Wanted Him To Speak Differently
She frequently encouraged him to “speak up” or “say it with feeling,” which seemed to affect their son.
It Upset Their Son
Recently, his wife adopted a different approach that upset their son. When addressing him, she would use an excessively enthusiastic voice, clapping her hands and making exaggerated facial expressions.
For instance, she would say, “How was school today? Tell me all about it! Speak LOUDLY and with ENTHUSIASM!” This behavior made their son uncomfortable and embarrassed.
He Spoke To His Wife
The man attempted to privately discuss the issue with his wife, but she failed to understand his perspective. She believed her approach was the “right” way and that their son needed to become more outgoing.
They Had A Family Dinner
Then, during a Christmas celebration at his sister-in-law’s house, his son asked the man to pass the gravy.
His Wife Used Her Technique
In response, his wife, using her usual enthusiastic tone, encouraged their son to ask for the gravy with enthusiasm. This time, the man reached his breaking point.
He Stood Up For His Son
He felt it was one thing to do this privately but found it unacceptable in front of their family. He took his son and left for the movies, leaving his wife with the other family members.
Upon their return, the wife confronted the man, criticizing him for causing a scene. She said she felt embarrassed and claimed that he had crossed a line. The father explained that he was tired of his wife trying to alter their son’s personality and believed it was a good time to make a point.
Was The Man Right?
The man was left questioning his decision, he said “I just wanted to stick up for my son, but did I go too far?”
The Internet Responded
One person said, “I have a friend whose diction is very emotionless, and they are absolutely wonderful. It doesn’t mean anything about his personality, or his capacity for emotion or passion. You’re doing the right thing standing up for your son.”
Another person said, “Your wife is mocking your son in front of your family. It’s ridiculous.”
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