The web has sided with a father who went to his ex-wife’s household to look at on his daughter right after obtaining a about text concept from her.
A father who uses the username u/aitadiag posed the query for visitors of Reddit‘s “AmITheA**hole” discussion board, “AITA For showing up to my exes property following our daughter sent me a about concept?” Due to the fact revealed, the post has been given 8,000 upvotes and 2,000 reviews.
Soon after divorcing when their daughter was two, the Redditor and his wife shared 50/50 custody. Since then, his ex remarried and they have little ones alongside one another. Her new partner has a 13-yr-outdated son, the exact same age as the first poster’s (OP) daughter.
There have been about 630,000 divorces in the United States in 2020, in accordance to the CDC.
OP experienced purchased his daughter a mobile phone so she can keep in contact with her mom and dad. He explains that she texts him a whole lot, primarily when she’s remaining with her mom, to preserve updated on her cats.
“I dropped her off at college on Monday, and her mother picked her up like regular. She texted me on and off by college, and at the time additional when she was picked up, but I didnt listen to from her once again that day. It was bizarre, she normally messages me right before bed – but I brushed it off, she’s developing up. She’ll prevent texting me goodnight a single day,” he wrote.
The future working day, he obtained no messages from his daughter. He texts his ex-wife for an explanation. Right after faculty was over, he acquired a text from her daughter reading through “daddy assistance” and practically nothing much more.
He attempts calling and texting his ex which he received no response, so he heads about to her house. Thinking what was heading on, her daughter rushes out along with her stepfather questioning why he was at their home knowing that it’s their 7 days.
Right after an argument broke out involving OP and the stepfather, OP came to understand they had been on a “electronics detox” and no a person could use their products.
“My daughter got upset on Monday night and her stepbrother produced exciting of her, which continued as a result of to the upcoming day at university. She snuck onto her cell phone when she received residence to textual content me, but acquired caught and had it locked away additional,” he reported.
When his ex returned home, she agreed with her new husband that he shouldn’t have arrive in excess of despite obtaining the odd textual content. OP discussed how he owned the phone and his daughter must be in a position to make contact with him. He took his daughter property considering the fact that she didn’t want to be there any lengthier.
He concluded with, “Certainly they arent speaking since they are even now on detox, but my mother and father have since agreed with her, proclaiming that she’s the other guardian and if something transpired to her I would of been explained to, I have to have to have faith in her judgement.”
The AITA followers have been swift to protect the OP for his actions,
“NTA. You litterally received a text that says ‘daddy help’. Checking in particular person was precisely what a father is supposed to do in this situation imho,” u/First rate_Sky_9880 received the top comment with above 18,000 upvotes.
U/Sk111W wrote, “NTA The only acceptable reaction to receiving a ‘Daddy Help’ text out of the blue is to quickly fall what you are performing to get to where ever she is, particularly when you have tried out to attain her other mother or father but received no response.”
“NTA. ‘Daddy help’ – they are blessed you did not phone the law enforcement. They desired to give you a heads up that your daughter would be out of interaction for a number of days,” u/SatelliteBeach123 exclaimed. “When you’re utilised to hearing from her everyday it would raise a key red flag if she abruptly stopped. That a single textual content you did acquire would have sent me flying to their dwelling!”
“NTA – you failed to overreact. They must have knowledgeable you of what they were being accomplishing with the ‘detox’, which, to me audio very silly. Primarily for a 13 calendar year previous lady,” u/mizfit0416 explained.