Parenting is hard work. If the parents are in a relationship, the mom typically has to do the majority of the work. I hate to say it, but it’s true.
In light of this, shouldn’t the individual performing the majority of the job occasionally be granted a brief break? When she reported her experience on Reddit, the user specifically asked for such information.
“My partner and I are having a quarrel. He views this as being self-centred on my part. I do not believe I am. He advised me to write here so I could see what you all think.
“We have been together 12 years. My partner has two responsibilities in terms of the house. He walks the dogs in the morning, and he goes to work full-time (8 a.m. to 6 p.m.). More often than not, he falls asleep at 8 p.m. He works in IT. We have three children (7, 4, and 2) and I am fully responsible for their care, as well as every household duty, laundry, cooking, and cleaning. I am a stay-at-home mom, but I am also self-employed, so after I look after the children all day, I then work for a couple of hours on my laptop.”
“My birthday is coming up. I asked my partner what he would think if I booked myself a vacation, for a week, on my birthday and went on my own. Then, if he could use his PTO to take time off to look after and spend the week with our three children — taking them to school and taking care of the house.”
“He told me I was selfish. I asked, ‘It’s selfish to want to go on holiday for a week for my birthday?’ He said yes.”
What do you think of this?