While most parents wake up at the crack of dawn and begin the morning routine to send their children off to school, one father has revealed he bucks the trend in order to sneak in more beauty sleep.
The anonymous father from the US posted on told Reddit’s Am I the A****** thread that he didn’t want to wake up earlier to help his ‘overwhelmed’ wife by sharing the parenting duties – but insisted that he was ‘an engaged and active parent’ nonetheless.
The disgruntled father-of-three, 38, revealed he shares three children with his 37-year-old wife. The children are eight, 10 and 12 years old.
As he posted about his preference for a lie in, the father said he and his wife had recently come to blows after she asked him to wake up at 6.45am to get the children ready for the 7.45am school bus. In response to her request, he argues they’re old enough to get ready themselves.
Responding to his predicament, readers branded him ‘lazy’ and unwilling to help his wife – although many agreed with him that his children should be able to get themselves ready for school.
Most parents have to get up to send their children off for school – and that often means early mornings – but one father wasn’t so willing to give up his beauty sleep (stock image)
The man told Reddit ‘s Am I the A*shole thread that he couldn’t be bothered to kiss his little ones goodbye – but insisted that he was ‘an engaged and active parent’
As it stands, the anonymous father refuses to help his children get ready for school in the morning, meaning his wife has to wake up early and help them instead.
He argues she should be doing less for the children in order to encourage them to be independent – but in response, she berates him for his lack of involvement.
While complaining about his wife’s parenting techniques, the man added he thinks she is too strict with screen time, explaining she only allows the children to look at screens for two hours each week.
He argued: ‘As long as homework is done, why not [allow them screen time] until bed?’
He grumbled about his wife’s ‘constant state of overwhelm’ which leaves her ‘very easily irritated’ but claimed the stress comes from ‘self created holes’ that he is then asked to remedy.
He complained that, when he suggested his children can make breakfast for themselves because they know how to prepare cereal, his wife hit back and argued that cereal is not ‘substantial’ enough for a breakfast meal.
Happy to do his ‘fair share for the kids or household’, the husband feared it was never enough ‘because her standards are too damn high’.
He asked the people of Reddit if he was being unreasonable in encouraging his wife to do less around the house, for his sake as well as her own.
In response, some people slammed the father-of-three for being ‘lazy’ and urged him to ‘become an actually engaged parent like your wife is’.
One parent even chimed in to say that she changed her entire job ‘to do the school run again’ which led to others commending her for being a ‘loving and caring parent’.
Another expressed: ‘It makes me sad for the kids that OP could be a part of the morning and is just choosing not to when so many parents don’t even get a choice’.
And one user poked fun at the dad’s claims that he is an engaged and active parent, saying: ‘I want to sleep in so my eight-year-old should be able to get up and ready for school by themselves. Also they can watch TV all day’.
Another Redditor likened their own childhood experience to that of the father’s three children and said they were getting themselves ready for school from grade 1. However, the person added this was not right, and that they had an ‘abusive mother’.
The person explained: ‘I’d get myself home from school, make my own dinner, do my homework and get myself to bed.
‘But that’s because I had an abusive mother who only had me to get child support. So OP, think about what kind of parent you want to be and adjust accordingly’.
A more sympathetic user told him: ‘Cereal is a healthy breakfast if you buy the right cereals’ but still felt ‘a parent has to be up’.
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