Her Husband and His Ex-Wife Wanted Their Son to Be Homeschooled, and They Expected Her to Balance It With Her Demanding Remote Job

A woman recently wrote to an online forum to share a frustrating home-life situation. Her husband has a child from his previous marriage who needs homeschooling. However, he automatically assumed that because she works from home already, she could also be his teacher.

Happily married

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The woman wrote, “I’m 38 and have been married to George, 39, for four years. We’ve been together for seven, all in all.”

Shared custody

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“He has a 10-year-old son called Max from his previous marriage, and I love him a lot,” she added. “My husband splits custody with his ex-wife 50/50, with them alternating weeks.”

Educational considerations

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Her stepson struggles in a traditional educational environment. George and his ex have floated the idea of homeschooling.

Different philosophies

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The woman has mixed feelings about homeschooling. She understood that it could help, but she worried that it could affect her stepson socially.

Strange expectations

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However, the problems truly started when George and his wife thought the woman could supervise Max’s homeschooling during the times when they had custody.

Remote worker

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The woman is a data analyst. She is also a remote worker, so everyone assumed she could find time to help with Max’s education.

Unrealistic expectations

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However, they didn’t understand that just because she was at home, it didn’t mean she had spare time to teach Max. She had a job to do.

Offering options

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The woman told George and his ex that if they wanted Max to be homeschooled, they needed to either get his mother to come to the house or hire a tutor.

Above and beyond

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She told them that she couldn’t split her focus between Max and her job but that she would be happy to contribute towards his tutor.

Outrageous reaction

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George and his ex were unhappy with this reply. They questioned the woman’s commitment to Max and what was best for him.

Taking sides

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George took his ex-wife’s side in the argument. He told the woman that he was disappointed that she couldn’t help. She replied that if it was so easy to do, her husband should explore a remote working position himself.

Was she in the right?

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The woman felt bad about the situation, but she would have found it hard to balance work and teaching. She reached out to an online forum to ask for advice and got some good replies.

The internet responded

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One poster said, “You are working full time. Tell your husband that if he thinks it’s so important to homeschool him, then he needs to take time off. And when he says he can’t because he has work, tell him that if he thinks his work is more important than his son’s education, then he should think about his priorities the same way he is asking you to.”

While another replied, “You are looking out for what is best for your stepson. He deserves a teacher who isn’t busy doing another job at the same time. Homeschooling is a significant time investment if done right.”

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