I never understood people who called their parents by their first names.

Maybe it’s because I knew that if I called my dad by his name, there would be HELL TO PAY.

But every family is different, I suppose…

Take a look at this story from a father who wants to know if he’s wrong for wanting his teenage son to call him “Dad” instead of his first name.

AITA for wanting my son to call me ‘Dad’ instead of my name?

“So, my (38m) son (16m) started addressing me by my first name instead of ‘Dad’ – I’m not okay with it. I had asked him to not call me by my first name and he said he can call me however he wants, and I can’t force him to call me dad.

My wife (his mom) told me not to get too hung up on this, since it really isn’t an issue, I told her that it is an issue, for me – just not an issue for her since son still calls her mom.

Yesterday, I sat my son down – and asked him to please stop calling by my first name. he refused – and so, I grounded him – took away his electronics and only give him access when he needs it for school.

I’m not going to just be disrespected like this in my own home, and told him once he learns some manners will the punishment be lifted.

To say the least, he’s pretty angry with me and doesn’t understand why I’m so hung up on not being called ‘dad’. My wife is now staying out of it. but did tell me I’m going too far – and that son is just a teenager and that I should know how teenagers are.

So, here I am now asking if I really am an a**hole.


And here’s what Reddit users had to say about this.

One reader said that her mom put an end to this pretty quickly when she tried to do something similar.

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Another reader said that the dad needs to make this situation right, not the kid.

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This individual said that the dad needs to be honest about his feelings with his son.

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And this Reddit user argued that there might be more to this story than the dad is letting on…

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