VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (FTN) – A Terre Haute dad says his wife thinks she is the one in charge when it comes to their three-year-old.
Chris Essex said it is something he has noticed for a while, but he’s been afraid to bring it up with his wife Ami.
“Oh no no. This isn’t a male dominance thing. She is for sure higher in the in-charge pecking order than I am. This has to do with Alex leading the show,” Chris said.
Alex’s is the family’s three-year-old.
Chris said the thought of parents actually being in charge is actually an illusion.
“Look, I know what you’re thinking. Parents should command over their children or whatever…I mean, yes. You need to have the look of being in charge. You need to make your child think you are in charge. You aren’t,” Chris told us.
Chris said Alex, and most other young children run the show, whether the kid knows it or not.
“Want to watch a movie after your kid goes to bed? If your kid decides he doesn’t want to sleep…guess what, that R rated movie isn’t happening. Want to go out to dinner? Not if the place isn’t kid friendly or if your child decides to have a random meltdown because the food isn’t quick enough,” Chris said.
He told us his wife Ami is still under the illusion she is calling the shots.
“She actually said, in regards to Alex, I’m in charge… meaning her. I just don’t have the heart to tell her differently. I am glad, however, she holds on to the idea she is in charge. It’s good for that self confidence and projecting dominance,” Chris told us.
He asked that we do not reach out to Ami for comment.