Parenting is a tough job, and it can be even tougher when one parent feels unsupported by their partner. A mother recently shared her frustrations, detailing her husband’s lack of involvement in parenting and his tendency to attach conditions to gifts and favors.
The Burden of Parenting Alone
The mother in question, who we’ll call “Jesse” describes doing all the parenting for her one-year-old daughter, from diaper changes to bath time. She feels exhausted and overwhelmed, and is frustrated by her husband’s lack of support. “Everything is on me,” she writes and notes that she also has to take care of their cat by herself. She feels that her husband’s workaholic tendencies and ADHD have made it difficult for him to be an equal partner in parenting.
The Conditions of Love
Jesse also describes feeling hurt by the conditions her husband attaches to gifts and favors. She has asked for an Apple Watch and an iPad in the past, but her husband has responded with conditions like “let’s get you in a gym routine first” and “clean up the house nice and tidy.”
She Asks For Taylor Swift Tickets
When she asked for Taylor Swift tickets, Jesse’s husband asked her to do three things for him, including cooking him a nice meal and keeping the home tidy. She feels that these conditions are unfair and hurtful.
After venting her frustrations online, Jesse had a long conversation with her husband about their issues. She cried and tried to explain her feelings, while he accused her of not allowing him to support her because she spends more time at her parent’s house. The conversation ended with him walking out on her.
The responses to Jesse’s story is overwhelmingly on her side. One person said, “You say your husband works very hard for you and your child, but he doesn’t. He is working hard for himself and sees a wife and kids as accessories that a successful man needs. The fact that he puts any kind of conditions on things you ask for is beyond absurd. This does not sound like someone who loves you, I’m sorry.”
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