A man recently asked the internet if he was in the wrong for wanting payment for babysitting his daughter while his wife was at the cinema with another man. Here’s the story.
His Wife Loved Going To The Movies
She has a fondness for art-house cinema, independent movies, and scary films. On the other hand, he strongly dislikes these genres. So he felt a sense of relief, when his wife developed a friendship with their next-door neighbor, Walter, who shares her passion for these types of movies.
She Could Now Go To The Cinema With Walter
This turned out to be excellent news for the man as it meant his wife wouldn’t insist on dragging him to see obscure foreign films with subtitles or subject him to another home movie night anymore. Instead, he would stay home and look after the children whilst they went to the cinema together. He was looking after Walters kids as well.
It Was a Win-Win Situation for Everyone
His wife and Walter would watch a movie a few times per month. But as they became closer friends, they started spending more time together and doing other things. They’d meet for coffee and drinks or have dinner at fancy restaurants.
The Guy Is Happy With The Arrangement
He doesn’t like fancy cocktail bars or expensive restaurants. He thinks they’re a big waste of money.
So he was happy to take on a few more monthly babysitting shifts. Plus, now that his wife was going out with Walter to eat, she wasn’t harassing him about not taking her to dinner every once in a while.
Another Win-Win Situation
But as their nights out became more common, the guy started to get a little tired of all the babysitting. Looking after his own kids was fine (obviously), but he was also spending a lot of time caring for (and feeding) the neighbor’s kids.
So He Decided To Bring This Up With His Wife and Walter
Walter said he was uncomfortable leaving his children with a young babysitter. He felt much safer knowing the kids were being watched over by an experienced father. Still, he acknowledged it was a big commitment and offered to slip the guy a little cash to compensate him for his time and help.
They agreed he would receive a standard babysitting fee (around $20 an hour) whenever his wife and Walter went out.
Both Agreed This Was Fair
Neither of them had any issues with the new arrangement.
The only person that did was the guy’s wife. In fact, she was furious that her husband would even think of accepting cash from Walter.
His Wife Thought It Was Embarrassing
“You should not get paid for babysitting our daughter, nor the daughters of a close family friend,” shouted the wife. “It’s not right.”
And Now They’re Fighting About It
The pair have been arguing about it ever since, and they’re nowhere near agreeing. The guy thinks he deserves the $20 an hour, but his wife refuses to see that side of the story.
This is what you call a deadlock.
Even Walter Agrees With The Guy
He has tried to convince the wife that paying her husband to babysit the kids is not a big deal. But she’s not listening at all.
And the way she’s acting has got the guy doubting himself.
Was He Wrong For Getting Payment For Babysitting?
It’s reached the point where he’s starting to wonder if he’s in the wrong for wanting to get paid. In other words, he’s asking if he’s the one being a jerk, and so reached out to the internet for their opinion.
One user said, “I’m sorry, OP, but it looks like your wife has a new husband. And somehow, you’re the babysitter. I kept reading, thinking this must be a joke.”
Another said, “The issue is, OP is refusing to participate in ANY aspect of his wife’s interests or fill her romantic needs, letting Walter fill the whole ass vacuum of his neglect.”
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