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Kids generally want their parents to be together, but one Redditor’s 10-year-old appears to have taken things to a new extreme. Now, her mother is slightly concerned about what’s coming next. “I (27f) think my daughter (10f) might be parent-trapping me and her father (27m),” the mother posted in the subreddit r/relationships.
I (27f) think my daughter (10f) might be parent-trapping me and her father (27m) pic.twitter.com/gEyfwVKpJr— relationships.txt (@redditships) December 31, 2019
In her post, the mother explains that while she and her daughter’s father are friends and co-parents, they haven’t been together as a couple since their child was two. As teenage parents, they were dependent on their own families for financial support. Unfortunately, his parents didn’t like or approve of her, so they gave Dad an ultimatum: End the relationship, or get completely cut off.
Despite this complication, the father has apparently always been a good and involved parent, and there’s no bad blood between the two of them.
Is this a hallmark movie?— Your Waifu (@JennRobinEvans) December 31, 2019
Recently, the little girl asked why her parents broke up. Seeing as her meddling grandparents are now dead, she didn’t see why her parents can’t get back together. They attempted to explain that they’re better off as friends, but so far she doesn’t seem to be buying it. In fact, she appears to be scheming.
The three of them have always had a weekly family dinner at home, but now the child is insisting they all go out to a restaurant and get dressed up. Meanwhile, she’s been dropping hints to each parent about how nice the other looks. She also asked her dad to put mistletoe up so she could try and trap her parents under it together. The little girl even put “a baby sister” on her list for Santa this year.
A little worried, her mother naturally turned to Reddit for advice. Is this normal? How does she break it to her gently that Mommy and Daddy are never getting back together? Just how concerned should she be?
The good folks of r/relationships were quick to reassure her that yes, this is very normal and not at all a problem unless it escalates.
The bad news is: she is definitely trying to parent trap you.— Ms. Respex 💄🐱🌜 (@Respexy) December 31, 2019
The good news is: this is outrageously normal, dare I say age-appropriate, ten-year-old shit.
That said, several users advised the mom to reaffirm, clearly and patiently, that the child’s parents will not be getting back together. It might take a while, but eventually she’ll get the message.
Some commenters got derailed by OP’s assertion that 10-year-olds are too young to have master plans because boy, do they ever. One Reddit user shared that when they were eight, they wrote anonymous letters to their parents, pretending to be from a secret organization and instructing them to get a dog.
Tragically, it didn’t work.
I had master plans when I was 6. I saw blank check and tried to get my parents to sign blank contracts regarding getting me a dog almost daily. This girl is ten she is absolutely capable of making a master plan.— The Momdalorian (@cookiemonsterm8) December 31, 2019
"I know logically that a 10 year old can't have some secret master plan" lol have you actually met any 10 year old girls— GN Chevalier 🥖🌹 (@gnchevalier) December 31, 2019
at 10, me & my best friend devoted our lives to plotting how to get my sis/ her bro together so we could be sisters in law. there were eleborate manipulations involved. charts. venn diagrams. planted letters. a constant stream of subtle suggestion. don't sleep on a 10 yr old— Julia (@bigkittenqueen) December 31, 2019
People on Twitter, on the other hand, had somewhat harsher suggestions. One person said, “Remarry the guy. Fight daily for like 3 years, divorce, and she’ll TOTALLY forget about trying to get you guys back together.”
Probably don’t do that, OP.
And if they don't get back together? pic.twitter.com/BSBg9NYGAI— Sir Bayou William III (@TheDuckMane) December 31, 2019
I remember being 10 and wanted to parent trap my parents, your daughter just has more balls than I did— pepsi liberty (@janieallover) December 31, 2019
Siobhan Ball is a historian, archivist, and journalist. She also writes for Autostraddle and bi.org