7-year-old girl with two boyfriends scolded by father for accepting Valentine's cards from both, demands punishment

Gillian Sisley

As the mother of a seven-year-old daughter of a Reddit post faced a challenge many parents can relate to – disciplining their child. The mother has now written about her conundrum online and is looking for advice.

*This is a work of non-fiction sourced from social media discussion boards and verified experts/specialists.*

The author begins her post by explaining that her 7-year-old daughter, Layla, had recently developed a few friendships with a couple of boys, as outlined in the author’s post:

“A few months ago, Layla got a "boyfriend", Lucas. They are both 7, so it's obviously not a real relationship. They just hold hands sometimes and they drew each other hearts for valentines day.”

However, after a call from Lucas’ parents, the author and her husband learned that the very young couple seemed to be in a bit of a rift. The author continues:

“This week, Layla was apparently holding hands with another boy - who also sent Layla a valentine's day love letter - and Lucas took offence to it. We found out because Lucas' parents called to tell us Lucas won't be coming over to us this Saturday like it was originally planned, because he is mad at Layla.”

Teaching children about infidelity and being faithful in relationships is an important part of helping them build healthy, trusting relationships in their own lives. Talking about fidelity and its importance can help children learn to make better decisions about relationships and respect their partner's trust, especially as infidelity can cause children a great deal of stress and anxiety, as explained by psychologists.

While the author felt that Layla’s behaviour was typical for a 7-year-old, her husband wanted to punish Layla and have a talk with her about ethics. The author concludes:

“My husband wants us to punish Layla and wants me to have a talk with her about faithfulness. At first, I thought he was joking, but no, he was serious. He says that Layla cheated on Lucas and I, as her mother, should do something about it.”

The reaction from Reddit was overwhelmingly in favour of the author. One user wrote:

“Seven-year-old kids don't need to be taught about faithfulness or fidelity. You don't need to teach a seven-year-old about fidelity. That's ridiculous.”

Another commented:

“I think it’s really ridiculous to expect a seven-year-old to understand fidelity. Layla is just a child. She doesn’t even understand what it means to be faithful.”

What do you think?

Should the author absolutely punish her child for being ‘unfaithful’ and ‘cheating’ on her 7-year-old boyfriend, because that behavior is wrong?

Or is the father being extreme for accusing his daughter of such terrible things, and this is simply a case of innocent kids just being kids?

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