This Mom Wants to Book a Solo Vacation Against Her Husband's Wishes & Reddit Suggests Booking Couples Therapy Instead

Contrary to infuriatingly popular belief, being a stay-at-home mom (SAHM) is a job in itself. Looking after tiny humans to ensure they’re fed, clean, safe, not wiping poop all over the walls, and refraining from any activity that could result in a trip to the ER is exhausting in every sense of the word, and guess what? That exact description applies to a line of work that is considered a full-time job: child care. Funny how it’s no longer conceived as work when it’s your own kids rather than a stranger’s.

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For one Reddit woman, this is just the tip of the iceberg in regard to a disagreement she’s having with her husband. Explaining her situation in an “Am I the A**hole” post,  she shares she’s been with her partner for 12 years and they have three children, ages 7, 4, and 2. The woman writes that she is “fully responsible for their care, as well as every household duty, laundry, cooking, cleaning.” In addition to being a SAHM, housekeeper, and personal chef, she says she’s also self-employed and works from her laptop for a few hours after she spends the majority of the day caring for her kids — no big deal.

So since Miss SAHM-Housekeeper-Personal-Chef-Self-Employed-Superwoman has an overflowing plate of responsibilities within their “shared” household, you’re probably wondering what exactly her husband does to match her workload. This man walks their dogs in the morning and has a full-time job in IT. That’s it. “My partner hasn’t done a load of laundry in ten years,” the woman writes. “He cooks dinner ‘occasionally’ (2 x a month). He doesn’t hoover, mop, or mow lawns” — and she adds that he’s usually asleep by 8:00 pm.

So, when she explains that she wants to book a week-long vacation for herself, by herself, for her upcoming birthday, and relays that her husband calls the idea “selfish” — as if he’s not spent the past seven years (at least) being astonishingly lazy and unappreciative of the wild amount of weight his wife carries in their relationship — it’s not exactly surprising that fellow Redditors deemed the entire situation a fiery plane crash in which not even the black box might survive.

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