A mother has taken to internet to look for an unbiased opinion after she refused to babysit the two children of her son’s girlfriend.
Taking to Mumsnet, the mother explained that her son is 17 and he has a 23-year-old girlfriend who has two young children aged 2 and 4.
“Looking for an unbiased opinion to see if I’m being unreasonable. My son is 17, he’s been in a relationship with a woman for about two months. She’s 23 and has two children – four and two,” she wrote.
The mother revealed that she is not happy about her son’s relationship with the woman because of her age.
“A couple of weeks ago, I came back home and the two-year-old was here with my son, apparently, his gf had asked him to look after her whilst she took the eldest to an appointment. I wasn’t happy as I wasn’t asked and again, their relationship is new,” she continued.
The mother then said that her son asked her to look after his girlfriend’s children next weekend so they could go out on a date.
“Apparently her family aren’t involved neither are the children’s fathers and usually her friend looks after them but she’s also busy,” she said.
But when she refused, her son said she was being selfish and unfair.
“Would I be unreasonable by saying no?” she asked. Her post has gained hundreds of comments, with one person writing: “You are being completely reasonable. As a mother you wouldn’t be babysitting my child unless I personally knew you a long time and also knew that you were capable of looking after a four-year-old.”
Another commented: “You are not being unreasonable. It’s far too early to be introducing a new partner never mind a new grandma figure. The kids don’t know you so you shouldn’t be baby sitting BUT if this relationship lasts long term you want both son and new daughter-in-law to be onside. You will need to tread carefully.”
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