His Wife Took Care of the Kids and Worked a Full-Time Job, but When She Asked for a Week to Herself, He Called Her Entitled

A man recently asked for some advice after taking issue with his wife’s request for a solo trip. Here’s what happened.

He didn’t like the idea

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A man’s wife was offered the chance of a week-long trip to the beach with a friend, and she felt like she could do with the break. He, however, didn’t want her to go.

They had young children

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The couple had a three-year-old and a four-month-old, and the man didn’t want his wife to go away because he would be left to care for them on his own.

He gave his reasons

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The man said, “Daycare opens at 6:30 a.m., which is also when I need to be at work. So my wife usually drops them off, and I pick them up after work since I get off earlier than she does.”

She worked full-time

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The man’s wife had a full-time job, but she worked from home two days a week, which helped with childcare. She didn’t work on weekends either.

He had two jobs

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The man also had a full-time job but no days at home, and he had a part-time job at the weekends. He said, “So effectively, I have no days off.”

She did most of the parenting

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Because of the way their jobs were split, the man’s wife did most of the parenting. She would get up first, get the kids’ breakfast ready, and take care of them before daycare. She would also get up in the night to take care of the baby.

He would have to do it all

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The man was concerned that if she went away for a week, he would have to do all of that and still do his two jobs as well. He just didn’t think it was possible.

He didn’t want children

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To make things worse, the man said he hadn’t even wanted children in the first place, and since his wife chose to have them, she should take care of them, not him.

He thought she was acting entitled

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The man said, “I don’t want to deny her the opportunity, but I don’t know of many mothers who leave for that long by themselves with such a young one at home, and I feel like she’s being a little entitled.”

She disagreed

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The man’s wife disagreed; she said that she just wanted him to do what she does every day, and it wasn’t anything out of the ordinary. She also said that she needed a break to recharge.

He said she could go

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In the end, the man said she could go on her trip, but he still wasn’t happy about it. Sensing that, his wife said to forget it, and she wouldn’t go, and when he offered to take care of them for a weekend so she could have some ‘me time,’ she said no.

Was he wrong?

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Was the man wrong to tell his wife she couldn’t go on a trip, or was he right because childcare would be too much of a challenge without her?

The internet responded

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One person said, “You have zero days off and are likely working 60 hours per week or more. Sometimes parents cannot take breaks, and this applies to your wife too.”

But another commented, “These are your children, right? If she can do this every day, you can do it for a week.”

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