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Mom Bans Father From Bathing His Daughters, Sparks A Social Media Firestorm

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To what extent should parents adhere to their parenting or gender stereotypes?

That's the question social media has been debating after a mother posted on Facebook that she refuses to let her husband bathe their young daughters.

Society seems to have an unwritten code about what women and men act, speak, dress, and groom themselves.

Mothers are supposed to be the ones who look after their children, whereas fathers are the ones that bring food on the table.

This parenting stereotype is outdated in the Western world for the most part, but there are some who believe that there are certain stereotypes that need to be upheld.

The Australian mother of two daughters and one son said she doesn't feel comfortable with her husband bathing her daughters, but it's okay for him to bathe their son.

Social media users could not bite their tongue on this one and had to give their two cents on the matter.

The Queensland mother posted this message on Facebook:

"So hubby is upset with me because I have told him that I don’t [want him to] wash our two daughters in the bath or shower. I just don’t feel comfortable for a man to do this ...  It's got to do with the fact that mum and daughters have the same parts, same goes with men and their sons."

"I have said I don't have any issues with him bathing our son as well, he's a boy, I just believe that girls should be getting washed by their mothers, and boys get the same from their fathers," she added.

It's clear that her husband was offended by the ban.

"Hubby thinks I think ill of him but its always been this way for me and with how people play the 'I was molested card' so very often these days. I just don't want in way give my kids the chance to even think about that."

Here's her full social media post below:

The controversial post has been received well by some people, where some women supported the mother's decision to be cautious, but most people disagreed with this "outdated" parenting stereotype.

One person accused the mother of "sexualizing bath time" and "placing stigma where stigma is not warranted."

“You have more than a few screws loose, you shouldn’t even be thinking like that putting your partner in the same category as a child sex predator," wrote one person.

Another person wrote, “This post says a lot about how you see yourself and your negative way of life.”

Moojan has been a writer at Shared for a year. When she's not on the lookout for viral content, she's looking at cute animal photos. Reach her at moojan@shared.com.