Let’s face it, we’ve all had an acne scar at some point of our lives. Acne affects teenagers all throughout the world, with some suffering more than others. And it may be really distressing. In this story a daughter is going through an acne problem when her father jokes about it which didn’t go well with the daughter and his wife. Read the story and let us know what the father should do.
This happened a few days ago. I (43M) have a daughter (16F) that is obviously going through puberty and just like any other teen, she is seeing a lot of changes in her body, most recently acne in her face and arms. I try to be supportive of her and I have bought her special soaps and creams to help her control it although I haven’t seen much difference or I don’t think they really help that much.
Anyways, the other day at the dining table she was complaining to her mother and I about how the soaps I have bought haven’t been working on her and that she feels very uncomfortable, so she asked if we could take her to the dermatologist to help her with her acne. I then told her that she should just befriend the pimples since nothing she has been doing has helped and they just wanted to be a part of her, all in a very sarcastic tone.
I thought my daughter and wife would take it as it is, humor but they both got really mad at me, my daughter stormed to her bedroom and my wife started scolding me, telling me I was a bad father while also telling me to apologize to her since those comments can really affect her.
I told them I was just joking and that they should stop being party poopers and killing the mood. My daughter hasn’t talked to me since that day and my wife thinks I am a big loser for what I did and only talks to me to tell me to apologize, so Am I a Jerk for making a harmless joke?
What are your opinions? What should I do? Please don’t be afraid to criticize. Thank you for your time in advance.
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