He Volunteered to Take His Son and His Son’s Friend to the Movies, but It Ended with His Wife and His Son’s Friend’s Mom Branding Him “Irresponsible”

A work-from-home dad recently asked if he should apologize after his wife and his son’s friend’s mother took issue with his hands-off childcare methods. Here’s his story.

School was out

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“It’s summer break where I live,” the man began. “Two days ago, my 12-year-old son and his friend planned to go to a movie during the day.”

He stepped up

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“I work remotely, and all the other parents have in-person jobs. So, in what I thought was a nice gesture, I volunteered to drop them off at the movies.”

He was still working

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The man planned to take a break during the day to drop them off. His son’s friend cycled over early. The man was working and keeping half an eye on the kids.

They amused themselves

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At first, the boys were in his son’s room, playing xBox. Then they went out into the yard. Shortly afterwards, the man looked out of the window to see them jumping into the swimming pool, fully clothed.

He didn’t mind

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Some parents might have gotten mad, but he just thought, “Whatever; they’re 12.” But then he realized it was almost time to leave for the movies.

He was in control

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The man had a plan. He got his son to change and his son’s friend to borrow some of his son’s dry clothes. He would then tumble-dry the latter’s clothes while they were out and give them to him in a bag to take home.

It all worked out

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The man dropped the kids at the cinema, dried their clothes, and got all his work done by 4 p.m. He felt like an awesome dad.

But others weren’t so impressed.

They had questions

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When the man’s wife got home, she said she’d heard from their son’s friend’s mom, who’d wondered why her child had come home in someone else’s clothes. When she’d asked her son why, he’d told her they’d been jumping into the pool with their clothes on.

The man said, “Yes, that’s what happened.”

They got angry

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Both the man’s wife and his son’s friend’s wife thought the man was totally irresponsible. His wife asked, “Why did you let them go in the pool?” He angrily replied that he hadn’t “let them” do anything; he’d been busy working.

The argument escalated, with the man’s wife accusing him of “having it easy” because he worked from home and that he needed to do a better job of watching the kids.

He asked the internet

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Things had remained tense between the man and his wife for two days afterwards. He’d wanted to apologize just to clear the air, but he also felt he deserved an apology. He asked the internet for their thoughts.

The internet responded

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The internet supported the man. “You were the opposite of irresponsible,” said one. “If anything, you should’ve asked your son and his friend if it was a smart idea to go to see a movie soaking wet and have them figure it out instead of telling them to change and put their clothes in the dryer.”

“You generously provided free childcare for your son’s friend while you were at work,” pointed out another. “The kids are 12. They jumped in the pool. Kids do dumb things. They’re old enough to yell for help if anything goes wrong. But nothing did; you handled it, and the kids had a good day.”

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