‘I wish I had refused to visit my inlaws at Christmas I’m just the babysitter’
A man was left feeling like a glorified babysitter at Christmas after visiting his inlaws – as his wife would go out partying with her family and leave him to look after the children.
Sharing his story anonymously, the man said that he and his wife, along with their four children, would go and visit her family each Christmas.
But each year he was left disappointed as she would go out partying with her family while he sat at home looking after their children.
He refused to do so again this year but his wife insisted things would be different, but then on Christmas Eve she put on her glam garms and headed out into town – leaving him to be the babysitter once more.
Taking to Reddit, the man said: “I told my wife I was growing tired of doing this and at first she would help me out but last year she essentially told me that I needed to get over it and ‘take one for the team’ so she can enjoy Christmas with her family.
“This year I told her if I’m going to end up babysitting then I’m not going. She told me ‘I’ll do my best but I can’t guarantee anything’.
“So here I am sitting by myself as she goes to celebrate Christmas Eve with her family.”
After the story was shared online, other Reddit users flocked to the post to condemn the woman’s behaviour, saying the husband was in the right to be annoyed.
One said: “If the others aren’t willing to do their share of the workload, you don’t have to accommodate them.
“This is a good way to highlight how much work they dump on you.”
While another said: “Let’s she how she likes it when she gets stuck with babysitting her kids and other kids too. Take this moment to step back and relax.”
And a third wrote: “So when you’re with her family, all of a sudden her responsibility as a parent just goes away and you need to ‘take one for the team?’
“She needs to help! Heck, the parents of the children should help! It shouldn’t all fall onto you.”