A stressed out mom took to Reddit for opinions after she refused to share her housekeeper with her mother-in-law. The problem was, they were sharing something else, too. Here is the full story.
They’re a Happy Family
OP is a 32-year-old woman who is married to a 32-year-old man.
The couple have an 8-month-old daughter.
She Has to Work
Up until recently, OP stayed home with her baby, but now she has to go back to work full time.
They Need Help
And, since OP’s husband is a Ph.D. student, the couple is completely strapped for time.
They need all the help they can get.
She’s the Answer
Fortunately for them, OP and her husband have a live-in housekeeper who helps with most of the household chores.
She has her own living area on one side of their house, and they pay her well.
But They Needed More
When OP and her husband were deciding what to do with their daughter when OP went back to work, their first choice was his mother.
She Wanted Extra
The older lady agreed that she could watch OP’s daughter every day, but she also wanted the housekeeper to come along.
With the little girl around, the older lady thought she’d need the extra help.
She Didn’t Trust Grandma
OP didn’t like that idea at all because she had seen people take advantage of housekeepers in the past.
She didn’t trust her mother-in-law to treat the other lady right.
They Had Other Options
So instead, OP enrolled her daughter in the daycare next to her workplace.
She Had to Make a Change
But about 2 weeks into the arrangement, OP started noticing some serious red flags with the daycare.
It was bad enough that she pulled her daughter out.
Grandma to the Rescue
With nowhere to leave her little girl on short notice, OP turned again to her mother-in-law.
No surprise, her mother-in-law still wanted the housekeeper to come along.
She Had Conditions
After discussing it with the housekeeper, OP finally agreed to the new arrangement, but with some conditions.
She Would Pay More
For one thing, OP was going to increase the housekeeper’s pay by 25%
No Long Hours for Her
And for another, the housekeeper would only work at OP’s in-law’s place for part of each weekday, and never on weekends.
No Heavy Duty Cleaning
And, finally, the housekeeper was only to help OP’s mother-in-law with basic household chores that the baby might impact. Things like light sweeping and cleaning up after meals, but never anything personal.
They All Agreed
Everyone agreed to OP’s terms, and the mother-in-law started watching her granddaughter as planned.
The Work Never Stopped
But after just a few days, OP’s mother-in-law texted her and said that she had sent some clothes home with the housekeeper for her to iron.
She Handed Out Homework
OP’s mother-in-law called this “homework” for the housekeeper, to be completed by the next day.
She Spilled the Beans
OP was furious, and she only got angrier when her housekeeper told her that the mother-in-law had asked her to do some deep, spring-cleaning type housework that week, too.
He Didn’t Back Her Up
OP confronted her husband about the situation and told him he needed to straighten his mother out.
But he was angry that his wife wanted to cause more work for his mother.
She Put a Stop to It
When OP’s husband continued to refuse to help set things straight, OP made a decision – she told the housekeeper she wasn’t going back to her mother-in-law’s house at all.
The Other Shoe Will Drop
Now, OP is just waiting for the family drama to explode, but she knows she made the right call.
For the most part, Redditors side with OP in this situation. They think that her husband and mother-in-law were taking advantage of the housekeeper.
Many commenters express confusion or disbelief that OP needs a housekeeper in the first place, but even they agree that the other lady is better off not working for the mother-in-law.
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