A stay-at-home dad attracted the ire of Redditors when he refused to lie about how hard his job was just so his wife could save face.
Turns out some kids are harder to raise than others. Here is the full story.
They Had a Plan
OP and his wife planned out the life they wanted for themselves and their kids before they ever got pregnant.
She Would Stay Home
OP’s wife had always wanted to be a stay-at-home mom, so the couple set up their living arrangements and got a handle on their spending to make that happen.
But She Hated It
So, when their first child arrived, OP’s wife stayed at home as planned.
But she really struggled with the setup, and it definitely wasn’t what she had expected.
They Traded Places
But they both still wanted their kids to have a parent at home with them all the time, so they changed their plans.
Since OP and his wife made about the same amount of money, they swapped.
He Was Mr. Mom
OP’s wife went back to work, and he stayed at home with their child.
He’s Living the Dream
They’ve had two more children since then, and OP is still a stay-at-home dad.
It’s the best job he ever had, and he loves it.
He Got a Promotion
OP admits he was sort of surprised at how easy his new gig was for him.
He had a background in manual labor, then moved into an office setting as they started planning for kids.
It Was Almost Too Easy
Being at home and taking care of his kids all day is a piece of cake for OP compared to the other jobs he’s had.
He even has enough time in his schedule to do some part-time remote work.
They Check Each Other
Along the way, OP and his wife have sat down several times to make sure they’re both still okay with the arrangement and that no one is feeling any resentment or regret.
It’s a Happy Arrangement
So far, they’ve both always been very happy with their current situation, at least as far as OP could tell.
It Was a Couples’ Night
But recently, one of the wife’s work friends invited her and OP, along with a few other couples, over for dinner.
They Traded War Stories
During dinner, the conversation turned to childcare and the experiences the women around the table had when they were on maternity leave.
OP’s wife chimed in, recalling how much she hated being stuck at home.
She Told Their Secret
She also told the group about her arrangement with OP and how well it was working out.
She Grilled Him
One of the other women asked OP if he was chomping at the bits to get back to the “easy life” of a real job.
He Had It Easy
That struck OP as odd, and he didn’t even have to think about his answer.
He said he was really enjoying his time with his kids and that his job was a piece of cake for him.
The Conversation Died
No one really followed up on OP’s comments, and the conversation turned to other topics.
She Wanted Him to Lie
But on the way home, OP’s wife was upset with him for making her look bad.
She wanted to know why he couldn’t just play along with the others who were griping about staying home.
He Was Concerned for Her
OP responded by asking his wife again if she was upset with their arrangement or felt like she was missing out.
She said she wasn’t.
He Had to Be Honest
In that case, OP said, it was a non-issue.
He was never going to lie just to make other people feel better about themselves.
She’s Gotten Snippy
OP thought that was the end of the conversation, but his wife has been dropping snide remarks ever since.
For instance, she’ll come home and ask him if he had another easy peasy day.
Does She Feel Guilty?
Now OP wonders if he touched a nerve with his wife and maybe made her feel guilty.
He didn’t mean to cause trouble between them, but he saw no reason to lie.
He Shouldn’t Have to Lie
Most Redditors agree that OP should have answered the question honestly, though a few of them think he was a little flippant with his reply at the dinner party.
Many point out that just because some people struggle with a particular job, like being a homemaker, that doesn’t mean everyone has to struggle.
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