A Man Was Unhappy with His Wife’s New Job Because He Had to Take on The Child-Care Responsibilities Which He Had Always Left to Her, Should He Be Complaining?

A man and his wife, both in their late 30s, lived comfortably together with three children. They had become used to their daily routine, but this was all about to change, and the man was not prepared. Here is what he had to say: 

Working From Home

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The man and his wife had become comfortable with the wife working from home for the past year due to the pandemic. The wife had recently been offered a job that promised career growth and a salary increase, which the couple found exciting. 

Benefits of Remote Work

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While his wife was working at home, the man continued to work at a physical office. This meant that the wife handled housework, pick-ups and drop-offs for the children, and cooking dinner for the family, on top of her remote work. The husband, of course, felt that this situation was perfect. 

Back to the Office

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Unfortunately, the woman’s promising new job came with the requirement to work in the office, and this would involve a lengthy daily commute.

Expressing Concerns

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The husband was not happy about the prospect of his wife returning to the office. “I told her that I don’t necessarily think that the bump in pay is worth the major changes to our daily lives”, he explained. “Not to mention the stress that a long commute can have on people and that could impact their mood and how they interact at home.”

Not His Call

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Despite the man’s concerns, he realized that this was not a call for him to make. “I told her that I would never tell her NOT to take the job, but I just don’t know if it is worth the changes that it is going to bring”, he explained.

The Decision

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After thorough discussions, the wife still decided to accept the new job, which meant she would be commuting to work and leaving the house before the kids woke up. Her husband supported her choice, albeit with reservations.

The Transition Period

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Over the past 10 weeks, the family had been adjusting to this new arrangement. The wife’s previous morning routine was now entirely on the husband, from getting the kids ready for school to drop-offs and pick-ups.

Evening Chaos

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Evenings had also become a challenging time for the husband. He returned home from work, took over childcare responsibilities, and started preparing dinner. By the time his wife arrived home, she was often stressed from her long commute and needed some time to unwind alone.

Expressing Concerns

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The husband approached his wife, expressing his feelings about the increased workload and her reduced presence in their family life. He emphasized that he had been struggling with this new dynamic and found it unfair.

Seeking Understanding

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In response, the wife defended her decision, believing that with more time, they would adapt to this new routine. She urged her husband to be patient and suggested that 10 weeks might not be enough time for the adjustment.

Posting on Socials

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The man decided to vent his frustrations online, posting his story on his favorite social media platform. “You two are talking past each other”, one person commented. “You say you wanted to come up with solutions but you don’t suggest any actual solutions. She was dismissive of your concerns and also didn’t suggest any solutions.”

Divided Opinions

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This previous comment set the scene for the divided opinions that were to come. “Sounds like the only person communicating anything is the husband… the wife isn’t listening”, stated one person. “I mean his solution was not taking the job”, responded another. 

Your Turn, Dad 

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However, the overruling opinion was that the man was in the wrong and should show more patience and respect for his wife’s decision. “Why is it too much to expect men to support their partner’s advancement and career when women do it all the time for them?”, asked one commenter. “Suck it up, soldier. They are your children, too.”

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