When somebody begins a post with "I know it sounds bad," you know it's going to be good.
An "Am I The A**hole?" post prompted a conversation about overbearing parenting when a dad asked, "AITA (Am I The A**hole) for not telling my wife our son was injured?" He feared the wrath of his wife and that she would keep the kid from playing soccer for longer than it takes to heal.
This mom puts the hell in helicopter parenting, but is secrecy the solution?
The dad wrote:
I know, I know it sounds bad just hear me out.
I (51m) have a son (13m) with my wife (44f). My wife is incredibly overprotective and overbearing. I like to let my son figure things out, nothing too serious, ie letting him fall a bit when learning roller skating/biking, letting him get a bad grade on his homework if he disagrees with my method or thinks what he's doing is right, just supervising him when he's fixing things/cooking for the first time, etc. My wife on the other hand is quite pessimistic and a lot of times doesn't think he knows anything and tries to enforce her will when he's doing something or packing for any of his sports events or backpacking trips. I have told her to stop but it's just who she is.