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Father Punishes Son by Threatening to Cancel Senior Trip if He Doesn’t Attend Brother’s Graduation. Is This An Overreaction?

An internet user asked, Am I a jerk for telling my son he’s not going on his senior class trip if he doesn’t show up to his brother’s graduation? Drop your views in the comments section!

Backstory

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OP’s three kids – all have graduation this week. One high school, one elementary and one preschool. 

 

Liam Has No Interest

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OP’s high school son Liam said he has zero interest in going to his younger brother’s graduation because it’s “lame.” OP said his brothers are going to his and it’s more work for them to go than for him to go to theirs.

 

What Happened Yesterday?

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Yesterday, Liam said he’s still not going. OP said, “Okay, then you’re not going on your senior trip to the Bahamas next week.” 

 

Walks Away

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Liam walked away without saying a word and went to his mom’s. 

 

What Next?

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Liam’s mom then texted OP about my being petty. OP told her to mind her business. This has nothing to do with her. This is between their son and his other sons (half-brothers to Liam).

 

OP Texted Liam

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OP texted Liam information about the graduations and hasn’t heard back. 

 

What Does OP Say?

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OP says, “If he doesn’t show up then I’ll cancel his little school trip. He can go to his mom and she’ll lie about how she doesn’t have the money.”

 

That Is A HUGE Overreaction

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“You’re the jerk. That is a HUGE overreaction. And preschool/elementary “graduations” are insufferable and completely unnecessary.” 

 

You Sound Completely Controlling

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“You’re the jerk. A teenager has no interest and no business at an elementary graduation – that’s for parents and that student. You sound completely controlling and like someone who’s going to have adult children go NC.”

 

Have You Asked Yourself WHY?

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“You’re the jerk, but like, in the bigger picture too. What lesson are you teaching your son by canceling his trip? My way or the highway? Resent his family? Mom’s a liar? 

Sounds like he might get more satisfaction from sticking it to you and missing his trip. Have you asked yourself why?”

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