Dad Makes Daughter Scrub Toilets and Cook to Pay for Her Menstrual Products Every Month

One dad asked Reddit users if he was wrong for making his daughter clean the house and cook meals to pay for her menstrual products.

Preparing the children for the real world by expecting to do chores is not uncommon. But what is not acceptable is expecting kids to do chores in return for their basic necessities. This widow took to Reddit to post on the AITA subreddit, wondering if he was a jerk for doing this to his daughter. In addition, he wanted to also clarify if treating his son differently from his daughter still made him a reasonable dad. He wrote:

“I (50M) lost my wife ten years ago. It’s just me and my two kids N (17M) and E (F15), recently it caused a big stink with some family that my daughter does chores, but my son does not. I explained it’s because I have to spend extra on my daughter each month not only for her extra curriculars, but for her monthly supplies, so it‘s my way of having her pay me back. She cleans the shared living spaces and bathrooms in our apartment and cooks four meals a week. My brother said I spend twice as much on my sons extra curriculars and by my logic, he should have to do chores too. I explained he didn’t because I feel his could help him get into college but hers were just a hobby in my opinion.

E overheard me say this and was very upset. She started refusing to do chores because it isn’t fair. I told her she’d still be doing her chores and life isn’t fair so stop being a brat, or I’d refuse to pay for her extra curricular stuff or pads. I wouldn’t actually do that, but I was mad when I said it. She packed a bag and took off. She’s been staying with my sister who called me an abusive asshole when I demanded she send E home. My brother and sister are coddling her and I’m furious. N said I was being an asshole to E and that’s why she left. I’m completely fed up with the whole thing. AITA for expecting her to do chores?

ETA: My son plays Football and Baseball while you daughter is in choir and a dance group, so yes I do think my son has a better chance at getting a scholarship. I’m not sexist and I don’t appreciate being called one, and for those of you messaging me saying you hope someone calls CPS on me, I’m not doing anything wrong so that’s just stupid.”

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Needless to say, the comments on the thread were unanimously against the father’s actions. “This cant be real…..YTA (ypu’re the a**hole)….you make your daughter to chores because you have to pay for period supplies monthly…..which she literally cannot help? Youre an a**h**e in every way”, one comment said.

Another one, said, “He’s really combing with a fine-toothed comb to justify treating his daughter like an indentured servant. He’s ‘pink taxing’ her existence. Threatening to compromise her basic sanitary needs is beyond atrocious and dehumanizing. Lack of access to sanitary products for menstruation is literally a matter of human rights – and ensuring your children have their basic needs taken care of is basic parenting.”

Source: Reddit

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