This Husband Says His Wife Is Completely Overreacting After She Had a Go at Him for Allowing Their Son’s to Play with His Neck

A woman recently asked if she was wrong for making a thing out of her son’s being ‘obsessed’ with their father’s neck. She thinks her husband should set some boundaries but he thinks she’s being dramatic.

The Couple Have Two Young Sons

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The woman and her husband, Matt, have been happily married for a few years, and they have two small boys. One of the boys is 5, and the other one is 3.

The Youngest Has a Habit

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The woman explains that the youngest son loves to play with her husband’s neck. He finds it very comforting, and he is at the age where he gets obsessive with certain things, in this case, his father’s neck.

He’s Very Attached to It

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The son likes to play with his dad’s neck a lot. He likes pinching it, tickling it, and even just holding onto it when he takes naps.

He’s Done It Since He Was Small

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The son has been doing it ever since he was a toddler, and both parents figured it was just a phase. The youngest son did it, too, when he was younger, and he still does it sometimes.

One Day Something Happens

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One day, all four of them were in the upstairs bedroom, and Matt was cuddling with both of the sons, and they were holding onto his neck, cuddling it, and sniffing it, which was fine, the mother thought.

The Older Son Makes a Comment

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She then overhears her 5-year-old son, saying that he wishes he was a toddler again so that he could be carried around by his dad all the time and touch his neck.

Mom Asks the Boys About It

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The mum asks the boys if they find their dad’s neck to be comforting, and they both say yes, and they really like how soft and smooth it is.

She said, “at first, I thought that was a little weird, but I understood, as everyone has some comfort in something.”

She Thought It Was Innapropriate

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A few hours later, she asked her husband if he was okay with the children obsessing over his neck.

Her husband didn’t see a problem with it and told her and said it wasn’t a big thing.

Mom Wants Dad to Set Boundaries

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She then told her husband that he needed to set boundaries because if they didn’t intervene now, the boys would never stop, and it would be too late. She explained it would be harder to wean them off Matt’s neck when they are older.

He Said It’s Just a Phase

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Her husband was perplexed and said that no boundaries were needed and it was just a phase. He explained that their 5-year-old does it less now, so he’s sure their youngest son will stop.

She Insisted Because It Could ‘get Worse’

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“I said that both of our sons are different, everyone behaves differently, and it may be okay now, but it is important to send boundaries when needed.”

The couple Argued

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This caused an argument between the married couple, as the dad felt that the mum was criticizing him as a father and that she was implying that he didn’t know what he was doing.

The Woman Just Wants Her Kids to Grow up Right

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The woman said she didn’t mean to criticize her husband and just wanted to let him know that you have to set boundaries before it becomes inappropriate or it’s too late and too hard to wean them off his neck.

It’s Just a Concern for The Kids

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The woman explains that she’s not jealous and that her husband is very loving towards her but that she’s just concerned about her children.

People Responded

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One user said, “You’re making this into a huge thing when it’s really nothing. They’ll be fine and grow out of it.”

Another user said, “It seems like you’re the only person who has an issue with this. I don’t doubt they will stop this when they get older, but for now, they are only kids. Don’t make something that isn’t inappropriate or weird. It’s only kids showing affection for their dad, nothing more and nothing less.

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