Father refuses to treat his wife as a ‘princess’; is accused of draining wife’s happiness and mental health

Gillian Sisley

A father recently posted a concerning story about his wife's bizarre behavior, and has deep concerns about her well-being moving forward, as detailed in a Reddit post.

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

The author, a married man with a daughter, describes how his wife has been acting ‘like a child’ for months, and he’s getting fed up with it. He explains:

“I understand that [my wife is] playing with our daughter, but it comes across as weird to me to the degree that she plays the role. Our daughter wanted a mini pizza and so she asked me to make her one. I was, and then my wife said ‘me too because I’m a princess too’. I told her no, you’re an adult not a princess. I’ll make you one, but you’re an adult.”

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, parents playing with their children is a key component for healthy childhood development, as it helps to build a strong bond between parent and child and provides cognitive and physical benefits. Additionally, research has shown that when parents engage in play with their children, it can help to foster important social and emotional skills, as well as boost self-confidence and self-esteem.

The wife laughed nervously, and backed off, but the author’s daughter was saddened by what her dad said, as he continues:

“Our daughter heard and said ‘dad mom is a princess too’. I just said hmm hmm, agreeing; but I didn’t want to have to explain to her. I did feel bad because my wife changed out of her princess clothes too, but I don’t know whether this whole ordeal makes me a [terrible person].”

This peculiar situation has many online users questioning the author's behavior. Many users have expressed their frustration over the author’s unwillingness to participate in imaginative playing with his daughter and wife.

One user wrote:

“Your wife is investing herself in your daughter’s imaginary play. Do you actually think your wife is delusional? Do you think she really didn’t know whether or not she is a princess? Seriously, pull your head out, of course, she doesn’t really think she’s a princess.”

Another user wrote:

“It is harmless playtime with your child. Young kids love it when their parents engage in imaginative play with them.”

What do you think?

Is the author justified in being worried about his wife’s mental health, as she seems to be showing some concerning behavior?

Or is the author’s wife just being a great mom and interacting with her child in a healthy way, and he’s being a downer rather than positively engaging with his young daughter’s imagination?

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