Man calls out wife’s family over their ‘ridiculous’ dinnertime tradition: ‘She is lucky you still go at all’
A husband does not want to be treated like a babysitter for his nieces and nephews.
He let out his frustrations on Reddit's "Am I the A ******" forum. His in-laws host family dinners twice a week. He is the only one who is not a blood relative. The problem is that every time he goes he takes care of his four nieces and nephews. Whenever he asks for help, the other adults refuse.
"I didn't mind these dinners originally," he wrote. “But because I am the favorite person of my nephews and nieces, they have developed into a situation in which I look after all the children and play with them. My wife, her siblings and their parents sit at the table as adults, while I have to be a babysitter. I don't mind doing this every 14 days, but twice a week is too much for me. I've asked for help, but most of the time they just ignore me or tell me they don't want to interrupt our playing time. For this reason I have reduced my participation to once every two weeks. That didn't bother my wife at first, but she's been pretty angry lately. "
His wife expressed disappointment, but the Reddit poster held its own.
"Apparently, while I'm away, they lock the toddlers on high chairs with tablets to watch Netflix and the two seven-year-olds play alone," he explained. “My wife confronted me and told me that I need to show up more. When I told her I didn't want to, she pushed and said I was an asshole for not coming. So I told her bluntly that I was sick of feeling like the babysitter / older kid at the nursery table. I miss talking to her family and feel left out because I'm the only partner there. I'm sorry not to play with my nieces / nephews anymore, but it is quite exhausting to keep an eye on four children at the same time (respect to all parents with that many children or more). She didn't take it well and has been angry with me ever since. "
Reddit users found the husband's request fair.
"She's lucky that you're going to go at all," commented one person.
"Hold up to your guns, this is ridiculous behavior for her to expect you to be the babysitter," wrote another.
"It is incredibly rude of her to leave you as a babysitter twice a week," said one user.
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