A frustrated wife has been left wondering if she was the one being unreasonable for giving her husband an ultimatum after begging him to do household chores for ten years.
Taking to the parenting forum Mumsnet, the wife explained that she had been asking her husband to do housework for ten years now.
“Have tried every single way of asking. I’ve shouted and screamed in frustration, I’ve burst into tears, I’ve quietly and calmly asked, I’ve made reasoned arguments as to why it should be an equal division of labor (at different times!)” she wrote.
Even though her husband agrees to do housework, “he does even less.”
“If I raise it now he acts like I’m being a nag, or hysterical over something unimportant. Am now at the end of my tether.”
The wife then asked fellow mothers whether she should issue her husband an ultimatum.
One person responded: “Yes, I fear you are probably right. Seems such a silly thing to end a marriage over, but is pretty unbearable iyswim [if you see what I mean].”
Another commented: “Just leave. Or he leaves. What do you expect to change after 10 years?”
A third said: “But you’re not ending the marriage because he’s not doing housework. You’re ending it because he has no respect for you and is happy for you to be a drudge so he gets more spare time. He doesn’t give a shit that his leisure comes at your expense.”
Someone else added: “No, not unreasonable at all to issue an ultimatum but I doubt it will change anything if you’ve been asking for 10 years already.”
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