A husband and father on Reddit is drawing harsh commentary from others for his stance on a solo vacation that his wife — a relatively new mom — would like to take without him.
Describing himself as 35 years old, the man wrote on the social media platform that he and his wife, 34, “have a 16-month-old child.”
The man added, sharing more background, that “she makes twice as much as I do.”
He wrote, “This essentially eliminates hours of work from our day — hers from pumping, mine from cleaning the bottles and pumps every night. We did it, she did it, we made it, it’s great.”
“Her arguments are that she deserves it, she’s never been out of the country, and it’s something she’s always wanted to do and wants to do it before it’s too late.”
The man told others, “Her arguments are that she deserves it, she’s never been out of the country, and it’s something she’s always wanted to do and wants to do it before it’s too late.”
While he said he “agrees” that she “deserves” it, the man also said, “I think it’s ridiculous that she thinks it’s an acceptable thing to go to the other side of the world without her family for an entire week while our baby is still about 1.5 years old.”
A man on Reddit (not pictured) wrote about the arguments he and his wife have been having, “I think it’s ridiculous that she thinks it’s an acceptable thing to go to the other side of the world without her family for an entire week while our baby is still about 1.5 years old.” (iStock)
Added the husband and father, “I told her that it’s one thing if she wanted to take a trip somewhere in the States, but to go to either SE Asia or Europe is entirely too big of an ask.”
The man noted that his wife “offered to fly her mom in for a week to help with child care,” but he said this “doesn’t solve the issue. She says she doesn’t feel like she should have to wait to save up enough to pay for both of us.”
The husband and father went on, “I’m hurt she wants to go alone but understand she wants to reward herself, but I just think she’s swinging for the fences at an inappropriate time.”
One individual told the husband and father, “You really don’t know by now what to do if your kid gets sick? Come on.” (iStock)
Nearly 2,000 people to date shared specific comment on the case — while some 2,300 people reacted to it.
Fox News Digital reached out to a parenting expert and pediatrician, as well as a psychologist, for insights into the dilemma.
Wrote someone else, “The baby is not a newborn. Why can’t you take care of your own child for a week? It’s ONE week, not a year.”
Another person dished out this straightforward advice: “Save your marriage. Tell her to have a good time and thank her mother for helping.”
Someone else said this: “She’s your wife, not your property. You don’t get to decide for her what she does. She’s an adult, and does not need your permission.”
This individual went on, speaking directly to the dad, “Most folks have limited vacation time and it would surprise me if both of you could take separate week-long vacations. It sounds like you contribute as a father. Both of you deserve a vacation, not just her. She should wait until you can do something together.”