She Worked Hard to Support Her Serial-Cheater Husband and His Lazy Adult Children, but When She Told Them to Contribute or Get Out, All Hell Broke Loose

A woman recently wrote to an online forum to ask if she was right to issue her husband’s layabout kids an ultimatum. She still supports them even though they are in their 20s, but she’s decided that they need to either contribute or leave. Here’s her story.

Habitual breadwinner

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The woman wrote, “I’m 50, with a lot of health issues, but I’ve always been the breadwinner. My husband John (46) has on-and-off jobs—more off than on.”

Childcare agreement

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“At the start of our relationship, we had an agreement. Since I had the education and job experience, we didn’t want anybody else to raise our kids,” she added. “At the time, he had three kids by somebody else: Jessica (now 24) and the twins Gracie and Jordan (27).”

Their kids

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The woman and John had two kids together, Charles (now 19) and Taylor (17). They are both in school and work part-time jobs.

Dirty John

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John was not a good husband. He frequently cheated on the woman, but she would always welcome him back into her life, which she now regretted.

Older kids

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John’s other kids still live with the woman. However, they are incapable of holding down jobs or even trying to be independent. She still takes care of them because they can’t support themselves.

Layabouts

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While the woman works, John and his three kids just lay about all day. John tells her that he shouldn’t pressure them to find work, but her two kids can do it, so she doesn’t understand why it’s so hard for his children.

Big bills

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The woman works hard to keep a roof over everyone’s head. She is spending $400 per week on groceries, primarily to keep John and his overweight kids fed.

Something has to stop

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The woman encouraged John’s children to go back to school. None of them have a high school diploma, which makes it challenging to find jobs. However, they weren’t interested.

Pay your way

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The woman decided that it was time for John’s children to grow up. She made a demand: pay rent or leave. However, her ultimatum has caused a lot of friction and screaming matches with John’s entitled children.

Was she right?

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The woman had enough. She couldn’t support John’s kids forever. However, she needed some perspective. She wrote to an online forum and asked if she was right to lay down the law.

The internet responded

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One poster said, “Those leeches need to go. Stop paying for anything that’s specifically for them (their cellphones, special foods or snacks they want, streaming channels just for them, whatever). The twins are nearly 30 years old; this is terribly enabling, and they’re not going to cope in the future should anything happen to you guys.”

While another commenter replied, “Stop paying for them immediately. Ditch the husband and the kids. He’s a cheater and enables the older kids. There is absolutely no reason they cannot work.”

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