A shocked father took to Reddit for opinions after he canceled his son’s Spring Break to make him take care of his younger brother. Did the punishment fit the crime? Here is the full story so you can decide for yourself.
They’re Good Boys
OP and his wife have two sons, ages 12 and 10. Normally, they’re good kids.
He Was Yelling at Mom
But recently, OP came home from work to find his older son in the middle of a tirade directed at his mother.
His Clothes Were Dirty
The kid was standing there yelling at OP’s wife about the laundry.
Apparently, she hadn’t cleaned his smelly clothes to his satisfaction.
He Couldn’t Believe His Ears
OP watched in horror as his son asked his mother how hard it was to make sure his clothes were clean.
He Gave Him a Crash Course
That’s when OP stepped in and marched his son to the laundry room and made the kid wash everyone’s clothes.
It was a crash course.
He Had to Do It All
OP showed his son how to sort clothes, how to get the washer ready, and how to pick the dryer settings.
Then he showed him how to fold, hang, and put away the clothes.
He Had a Lot More to Learn
It was an eye opener on just how hard it really was to get clothes clean, but it was just the start of the lessons OP had in mind for his son.
She Needed a Break
OP’s wife is a teacher who works long hours at school and then comes home and does her share and more at home. She needed a break.
He Sent Her Away
So, with spring break coming up, OP decided to send his wife to Mexico with some of her friends from work for a well-deserved vacation.
He Had Bigger Plans
That was just part of OP’s plans for spring break, though.
He Would Be Watching
For the other half of his scheme, OP arranged to work from home during the week his wife was away.
That would give him a chance to keep an eye on things.
The Spotlight Was on Him
But the main attraction during spring break was reserved for OP’s 12-year-old son.
He Was Going to Babysit
OP told his boy that since it was so easy to take care of things at home, he would get his chance.
The boy would get to spend his spring break taking care of his younger brother.
He Had to Run the House
The list of chores OP gave his son for spring break included making breakfast, doing laundry, and keeping the house clean.
His Break Was Ruined!
Not surprisingly, OP’s son had a cow when he found out that he would have to spend his spring break taking care of his kid brother!
He said it was totally unfair that he had to work on his time off.
It Should Be a Piece of Cake
That was music to OP’s ears because he wanted the punishment to hurt at least a little.
He told his son that if he and his wife could take care of things while working full-time jobs, the boy could do it during his down time.
He Asked Grandma to Save Him
Frantic, OP’s son called his grandmother, OP’s mom, to see if he could stay with her during spring break.
She was down with it, but OP said no way.
She Thought He Was Cruel
OP’s mom told him she thought he was being cruel.
But he reminded her of the types of punishment she and her husband handed out when OP was a kid.
He Gave Her a Choice
OP also told his mom his son could stay with her if she was willing to fess up to all those old-school punishments.
She Couldn’t Handle His Terms
The older woman backed down right away and told her grandson that he had to follow OP’s rules.
He Did the Right Thing
Redditors overwhelmingly support OP’s position here, but some of them think he needs to be careful to draw clear boundaries around the punishment.
Getting his point across is one thing, but making life miserable for his son is another, they say.
He Handled It Perfectly
Several also applaud OP for the way he handled his mother’s meddling, and they think she has the potential to cause more trouble down the road.
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