They Needed to Leave at a Certain Time Every Morning, but His Wife’s Inability to Be Ready Was So Bad That It Was Affecting Their Marriage

A man recently wrote to an online forum to ask for marital advice. He and his wife need to leave early to beat the morning traffic, but his wife is consistently late, and it’s causing a lot of arguments. Here’s what he had to say.

Time management

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The man wrote, “My wife and I have been together for 12 years, and ever since I met her, she’s had a tentative grip on time management.”

Tentative ceasefire

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“This has always been a bit of a pain point in our relationship, as I really value punctuality,” he added. “Through many discussions and fights over the years, we have largely decided to leave the topic alone and to do our best to be understanding of each other’s perspectives.”

Little improvement

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Although they didn’t talk about it anymore, his wife had not improved her timekeeping. He felt that being late was rude and disrespectful, but he wanted to keep the peace.

New job

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The man got a new job. It required him to start at 8 a.m. each morning. The couple had young children in daycare, meaning they’d need to leave the house at 7:10 each if they wanted to be on time.

Big adjustment

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The kids were adjusting to the new regime. However, his wife struggled to leave on time..

Constant excuses

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She would come up with constant excuses for being late. It was only 15 to 20 minutes each time, but it ensured the man hit the early morning traffic and was late.

Removing obstacles

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The man did everything to speed things up in the morning. He woke up early and fed and dressed the kids. His wife only has to get herself ready.

Pointed reminders

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Unfortunately, the man was so frustrated by the lateness that he became quite curt with his wife. This led him to speak assertively to his wife about the 7:10 a.m. deadline.

Arguments ensue

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However, whenever he raised his voice, it triggered an argument, which only made things worse. The car rides were frosty affairs as a result.

Not letting up

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While the arguments were not ideal, the man felt strongly about being on time. He wasn’t prepared to compromise, but it seemed that his wife wouldn’t either.

Was he in the right?

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The man was sure he was being reasonable, but his wife’s reactions gave him pause. He wrote to an online forum to ask for advice on what to do.

The internet responded

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One poster said, “You’ve already tried to help her, and you can’t be late for work or take the kids to school late because of her. Next time, warn her that you’ll be leaving without her when she wakes up and tell her the time five minutes before leaving. If she’s not ready on time, you leave. And you do it every morning.”

While another commenter declared, “She’s being very inconsiderate. The hard truth is that you might have to leave without her a time or two to drive this point home. I understand and agree with not usually nagging her, but her tardiness is directly affecting you now, and you can’t keep quiet about it.”

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