The husband posted about the bizarre interaction on Reddit and asked if he had done anything wrong.
It's not uncommon for a parent to declare that they love their children more than anyone else. However, a thread on Reddit exploded after online users threw a lot of flak at a woman after her husband revealed on a forum that she had become very angry for something he did. He wrote that she had sulked and stormed out of the room because he told his toddler daughter he loves her "more than anything" in front of his wife.
The Reddit forum 'AmITheA**hole' is very popular for stories like these, where users explain their incident and ask others to decide if they were wrong or right for their actions. User u/iloveyoumprethanany expressed his bizarre story of his wife's unexpected reaction in telling his daughter that he loved her the most.
"My daughter is 3, and sometimes gets scared I’ll stop loving her when she does something bad (for no good reason mind you, I make sure she always knows why I’m upset, and that I’m mad at her actions, not her)," he wrote. "Today she bumped a glass off the table and started crying."
"She asked if I still love her and I said, 'I love you more than anything' and gave her a kiss. My wife was watching and stormed off. I made sure my daughter was fine and cleaned up the glass and went to go see what was going on."
He went on to disclose that when he'd gone to check up on her, she was crying and called him an "a**hole who doesn't love her" which got him wondering who the 3-year-old was in his family, his daughter, or his wife!?
"I said, of course, I love her and asked why she was wigging out," he explained. "She said that because I said the above phrase to my daughter, it meant she didn’t mean as much to me. Is this really something I’m not supposed to say? My mother said it to me, and my dad didn’t freak out."
The reactions by the Reddit users who commented on the thread were on his side for the most part. One of the top comments suggested that his wife "needs therapy STAT!" and that her reaction was "not a normal response".
"Your wife/her mom shouldn't be competing with your daughter," a second user wrote. "Surely she can comprehend why a parent would say that to their child. It doesn't mean you love her any less. It was meant to console your daughter."
"I didn't even think of that!" another agreed. "If the wife's constantly insecure about this and openly expresses it, then chances are the daughter will pick up on that, too." Aside from that, there was one user who did write that the post only showed one side of the story, which painted his wife in a bad light.
"I think there is more going on beneath the surface," they posted. "You posted a story in which your wife seems obviously irrational, and you still couldn't resist the opportunity to take a dig at her on top of that. Seems like you're not helping this dynamic."