A MAN felt that he was asked to “babysit” for his own children and the neighbour’s kids so much that he should be paid for his time.
The bloke, 39, explained that his wife, 34, have one daughter, 10, and their neighbour is a single dad, 48, of two girls, 14 and 12.
The man explained he wanted to be paid for ‘babysitting’ his daughter[/caption]
He explained that his wife has a love of unique and niche horror movies and was delighted when she found out their nextdoor neighbour enjoyed the same films.
He said: “They very quickly started to make plans to watch movies together. I was invited to be a part of this but refused.
“I prefer to just stay at home babysitting our child and neighbour’s daughter while they are in their cinephile reunions.
“Sometimes they go to movie theatres but other times they just stay at our neighbour’s place watching stuff at his home cinema.
“They usually have to go to another town in order to catch a specific function of some weird movie so it is normal for them to come back very late.”
The man explained that their meet-ups started to stray out of films and they would go and have dinner together.
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The husband continued: “[My neighbour] invited all of us, including the kids, to go with him to a restaurant that a friend of him owned but I said no because it was too expensive.
“I don’t like that kind of places because I feel they are a waste of money and didn’t think the kids would enjoy it either.
“I insisted on staying with the kids and let the two of them go be themselves.
“This has became a regular thing and it is in a way a good deal for me because our neighbour pays for my wife’s dinner and she can’t no longer complain about me not taking her to fancy restaurants.
“As both their movie and dinner nights had became so common, I have grown a little tired of the burden of constantly babysitting the girls. “
I talk to my wife and neighbour about it and he explained that he usually does not like leaving his daughters with babysitters.
“He says he is really comfortable knowing that they are being watched by an experienced father like me instead of some teenage girl.
“He nevertheless agreed that it was too much of a load for me and offered to start paying me a standard babysitter fee each time he goes out with my wife.
“I thought that was a fair approach to the issue but my wife was fully against it.
“She says I should not be paid for babysitting my own daughter nor the daughters of a close friend of our family like our neighbour.
“We have been arguing about this but she insists on this notion and it not open to change. She even gets mad every time I talk to her about this.
“Our neighbour promised me that he will convince her but he does not seem to have been able to do so either.”
Fellow Redditors were quick to jump in and share their opinion on the husband’s dillemma.
One person said: “You are an a**hole for several reasons, two of which are calling taking care of your own kid ‘babysitting’ and not really caring about your marriage.
“Don’t be surprised if your wife ends up leaving you for your neighbour, if they’re not already having an affair…”
Another said: “It looks like your wife has a new husband. And somehow you’re the babysitter. I kept reading thinking this must be a joke.”
A third said: “Yeah the ‘now I don’t have to take my wife out on a date to fancy restaurants’ really got me.
“Like you aren’t doing it, so you’re ok with some other guy doing it? Completely neglectful as a husband.”
Another said: “Your neighbour and your wife might have a common interest but they’ve tried to involve you in things outside of that like going out to eat and you refused.
“Now you’re complaining about sitting at home and moping and ‘babysitting’ which you CHOSE to do.
“Also, ticking the box of taking your wife out for a nice dinner by letting someone else do it??”