Dad Chooses Son Over Daughter for Sports Game

Gillian Sisley

Should preferential treatment ever be shown to one child over the other?

Being a teenager can be a complicated time of change. There are hormonal changes, as well as learning to come into one's own, and plenty of self-discovery along the way.

But the teenage years can be complicated even further if there is a divorce or separation that takes place between the teen's parents. Data shows that children may feel anger or resentment, or even self-blame, in the aftermath of their parent's separation.

These realities were highlighted in a recent online post in which a father chooses to attend one of his children's sports games, while neglecting the other, and gets a lot of grief for it.

Should preferential treatment ever be shown to one child over the other?

A Reddit post published on March 11th, reported on by Ashley Gale from Newsweek, has gone viral with 7,200 upvotes and 1,800 comments.

The author begins his post by explaining that he and his wife are divorced, and they have two teenagers together, Emily and Tyler. The author adds that each of the kids have a final game of their sport for the season, and they both fall on the same night, at the same time.

While Emily's competing for a league title at her game, Tyler will finish in 7th place no matter the outcome of the final game. The author then got a text from his ex-wife asking where Emily's game would take place, when the author was assuming she would be going to Tyler's game instead.

The ex-wife suggested that they both attend Emily's game because the outcome was going to be a bigger deal, compared to Tyler's game.

Sports are a big part of American youth life.

According to Next College Student Athlete, the most popular sports for both girls and boys in high school are outdoor track and field, soccer, and basketball. Regardless of the sport, it's important for teenagers to be active to promote overall health.

The author told his ex-wife that these were only kids' games, and they shouldn't let their son be alone for the last match of the season just because his sister was going to do better than him. The ex-wife replied that Tyler probably wouldn't even play, because the coach had only brought him out for 15 minutes in the last game.

The author ultimately decided to go to Tyler's game, while the mother would go to Emily's. But when he told his ex-wife this decision, she screamed at him about how ‘he wasn't taking girls' sports seriously enough’. When the author couldn't get a hold of his daughter, he called his son who told him that she didn't want to speak to him. Tyler even encouraged his dad to go support Emily at her game, rather than go to his. However, the author suspects that his ex-wife is manipulating his son to force the father to not attend his game.

What do you think? Is the author in the right to attend his son's game so that there's a parent at each one of the events? Or not all games weighed the same, and since this is the championship game for his daughter, he should attend to support her?

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