A user on a popular online forum explains that his wife is concerned about their financial situation. However, he believes her concern isn’t justified as his income will only change temporarily.
She Wants Him To Pay Rent
The original poster (OP) explains that his wife is the stepmother to his son. He mentions how she suggested they start charging their son rent once he turns 18. The OP wasn’t receptive to the idea and shut down the suggestion. He told her they would need to explore different ways to bring in extra money if she was so concerned.
She Thinks It’s Reasonable
His wife explained that she thought it was reasonable because he was paying for most of their son’s college tuition. The OP suggested alternatives, such as cutting back on eating out, but she didn’t like that idea.
She Rejected His Ideas
The OP offered several other money-saving solutions, but his wife continued to turn down each one. The OP stated, “My son isn’t going to be a source of income for us.”
Who Does He Value More
This is when his wife said that the OP values his son more than he values her. This upset the OP, and he made it clear to his wife that his son would always come first.
The OP began reflecting on the situation, thinking he might have overstepped. Their last conversation was before the crisis. This led him to post in a popular online forum to seek insights from others about whether he was out of line.
Many users question the OP’s wife’s intentions. Questioning, “If she can’t cut out eating out so much, there’s no way the next step is “charge an 18-year-old rent.” Is she working? Can she get a better job? ”
Many wondered why she was so fixed on using the OP’s Son as a source of income without trying out other solutions first. The OP even answered this question, stating that, “She doesn’t work.”
Out of Line
Overwhelmingly, people commented that the OP’s wife needed to find employment. Once they learned she wasn’t working and was concerned about finances, another user exclaimed, “Then your wife should get a job and pay for the roof over her head and the food she eats… She can get a job, or she can stay quiet!”
Someone else added, “If she’s worried about finances, she needs to work. Even a part-time job would cover some of the meals she wants.”
The consensus is that everyone thinks the OP’s wife was extremely out of line. She is not willing to be flexible or contribute by earning money herself. Many people felt that she was acting like a freeloader who needed to keep quiet if she wasn’t willing to contribute herself.
What do you think? Do you think the wife is out of line or the OP was hurtful in his position?
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