His Wife Wanted His Children to Do Housework, Just Like His Own Son, so Her Husband Labeled Her a ‘wicked Stepmother’

A woman with a blended family recently upset her husband after expecting his children to keep their rooms clean and do more household chores like her own son does. Here’s what the stepmother had to say:

They Have Three Children Between Them

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The woman, who had been remarried, had an 8-year-old son from her previous marriage. Meanwhile, her husband had an 11-year-old son and a 14-year-old daughter from his previous relationship.

She held a firm belief in instilling the values of contributing to the daily household chores in children. This was not only a matter of respect but also an effective way to teach them essential life skills.

 

Her Son Was Helpful

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The mother explained, “My son is helpful and independent and has a chore chart. He does all his own self-care chores, tidies and cleans his own room, does his own laundry, and makes his own snacks, lunch, and breakfast. He also does a lot of household chores: loading and unloading the dishwasher, feeding the dog, helping make dinner, etc.”

Her Stepchildren Were Not Helpful

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The woman’s stepchildren showed little interest in doing household chores or taking care of their personal tasks. Despite her attempts to get them involved, they often neglected their responsibilities. As a result, the woman found herself having to constantly remind them or do the chores herself.

Their Dad Was Relaxed

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The stepchildren’s father was more lenient with his children than his wife. He seldom asked them to do chores and took it upon himself to do their laundry, despite them being much older than his wife’s son. 

The laundry burden often fell on his wife, especially when there was a backlog, and the children had no clean clothes to wear. 

The Stepson’s Room Was a Mess

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In addition, the 11-year-old’s room was constantly disorganized, so much so that his stepmom had to go in frequently and collect dirty cups and plates. 

In December, she finally lost her patience with the room’s condition and enlisted the young boy’s help to clean it.

Her Husband Was Annoyed

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However, later that day, when her husband returned home from work, he disagreed with his wife’s actions and became irritated. 

He told the woman, “It wasn’t my business to make his son clean his room. He said it was his son’s space, and he was able to treat it how he liked.”

She Advocated Change

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Exhausted from the continuous housework, the woman proposed a family meeting to create a chore chart for all the kids. 

She hoped this would encourage her stepchildren to take on more responsibility, even suggesting a reward system for extra chores to serve as an incentive.

Her Husband Was Not Receptive

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Having grown up in a strict home, the husband and his ex-wife opted for a more free-range parenting style for their children. He believed chores were an unnecessary burden for children, arguing that they should spend their limited free time on activities they enjoyed. 

He was also confident that they would learn the necessary skills later in life without issue.

He Demanded She Stops

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The wife’s persistence in discussing chores annoyed her husband immeasurably. He worried that if his kids were pushed to do more chores, they might prefer to spend more time at their mother’s house. 

He warned her, “You’d be in danger of becoming a stereotypically wicked stepmother if you push chores on the kids.” 

Was She Too Pushy?

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This left the woman at a crossroads in her relationship, questioning her approach to household chores in light of the need for her to respect their differing parenting styles.

Tired of doing so much housework but not wanting to enrage her husband further, she asked the Reddit community for advice: should she let it go, or is she right to insist her stepchildren help out more?

People Responded

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One user wrote, “Am I the only one that thought the 8-year-old’s chore list was excessive? I was reading this thinking that he should make HER a chore chart.”

Another commenter said, “Her husband is dropping the ball with the other kids, though. They should be allowed to keep their room how they like it, to an extent. But if they cause a bug infestation, it won’t be contained to their space. Keeping it dirty should not be tolerated.”

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