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Man is in hot water with family for teaching teen daughter to gut a fish: 'It's a life skill,' he says

A husband and father took to Reddit to gain consensus on whether he was wrong for making his oldest daughter learn to gut a fish.

Reddit user Fair_Moose4755 said on the AITA (“Am I the A—hole”) subreddit that he is 38 years old, married and has two daughters, ages 13 and 10. 

When he was growing up, he wrote, he had to learn a lot of life skills — and he and his wife are continuing that tradition with their girls.

“My wife and I have been teaching them life skills such as cooking, cleaning and car maintenance,” he noted, adding that his older daughter gets “much more hands-on experience” than his younger daughter does.

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A husband and father (not pictured) found himself at odds with his wife and oldest daughter after he demanded that the 13-year-old learn to gut a fish. (iStock)

They went fishing, too, “but didn’t catch anything,” he wrote, so he went out and “bought a few whole fish — not gutted.”

He added, “We live on the ocean [and] this is a life skill; it’s common to buy fish whole.”

“I don’t see the big deal in learning to gut a fish, but I’m not a teenage girl.”

He took the purchase home and “was going to teach her how to process a whole fish,” he said in his post.

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Noting that his daughter was “grossed out,” he said he “made her do it, and then we cooked it.” 

Fox News Digital reached out to the Redditor for further comment.

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One Boston-area dad of boys said that “better family communication” would have been the key to a better outcome.

“Boys and girls are different,” he continued. “My guys were thrilled to catch, clean and gut fish, but who knows had I been the dad to a girl?”

He added, “I don’t think I would have made my daughter do it, if it made her feel sick or bad.”

One Reddit user commented on the dad’s post this way: “YTA.”

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The Redditor said that his family lives on the ocean and that gutting fish is a needed skill, as they buy fish whole. (iStock)

The commenter said, “I can cook, I can clean, I can do laundry, I can do many things.”

The Reddit commenter also added, “But not once in my more than 60 years on this earth have I needed to gut a fish. Unless you regularly catch your own fish, it is not an essential life skill.”

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Yet another commenter said, “It’s a life skill to know not to push your child into something uncomfortable that isn’t necessary. YTA.”

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