In a recent Reddit post, a user shared his problem regarding shared responsibilities in the family. Here’s the full story.
Bill (35) and his wife (32) have been married for seven years, and they have two children – a son (6) and a daughter (3).
In their household, Bill’s wife assumed the role of a stay-at-home mom.
They Shared Their House Chores
She often manages the household and tends to the children most of the day. However, during weekends and when Bill gets home from work, they distribute the chores and childcare tasks equally.
His Wife Is Social
Bill’s wife is a very outgoing and social person. That’s one reason they chose to relocate to her hometown, so she could be closer to her parents and childhood friends.
He Is a Homebody
In contrast, Bill is more of a homebody, preferring to engage in activities he can do in the comfort of his home.
The Girl Trips
Bill mentioned that his wife sometimes takes “girl trips” on the weekends, and he looks after his kids alone.
A Big Work Project
Bill’s story begins when he found himself immersed in a big work project. He had to work 60-hour weeks for a period of 3-4 months.
He Planned to Take a Day Off
As the project neared its end, Bill told his wife that he planned to take a day off and won’t be doing any work around the house on that day.
He gave her 2 weeks notice so she had plenty of time to plan around it. She agreed to his request, and he gave her a friendly reminded three days before the day.
Things Took a Turn
However, when the day came, his wife had “forgotten” about their agreement.
Bill was in the painting room when his wife interrupted, telling him she needed him to bathe their daughter because she spilled milk all over herself and she couldn’t do it because she had to wash the dishes.
Despite a sense of annoyance, Bill complied, understanding that mishaps occur.
The Important Work
Later, while he was playing video games, his wife asked him to help with their son’s math homework.
Bill asked why she couldn’t help him herself, and she responded that she had “work” to do.
It turned out that this “work” was her best friend coming over and chatting for an hour. Bill was furious.
He Was Taking Some Time Out
After he helped his son and his wife’s friend had left, he told his wife that he was leaving the house for 4-5 hours.
She asked him where he was going, and he told her he was just going to chill in the park and do whatever.
She Said She Needed Help
In response, she told him she needed him to help with the chores and the kids.
Bill reminded her that it was his day off from all work, including housework. It was her job to babysit the kids on this day and he left.
She Called Him a Jerk
When he came back, she was acting cold and called him a jerk for just abandoning her and the kids.
Parenting Is a 24/7 Job
Seeking counsel, Bill confided in his sister, who said that parenting is a 24/7 job.
You Should Be Afforded the Same Courtesy You Gave Her
Bill took to Reddit to ask whether he was in the wrong in the situation and more than three thousand comments came in supporting Bill.
One Reddit user, “When a parent leaves the house for a weekend the other cannot pass off any responsibility. So if the other takes a single day off they should be afforded the same courtesy.”
She Needs to Respect Your Downtime
Another Redditor commented, “She gets her downtime by traveling with her friends, this is your way of getting downtime and you just happened to do it at home. She needs to respect this.”
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