We can’t all be morning people, but one man’s wife seems to be taking it a little too far.
The 30-year-old husband took to Reddit to share his frustrations with his significant other, who is also 30, when it comes to her expectations during her morning routine.
He wrote: ‘I love my wife very much but we have been having some rocky mornings lately.
‘She is a teacher and has to leave the house before 7am to be at work on time. I don’t have to be at work until later in the morning and usually sleep until 8.
‘Occasionally when I happen to wake up early I will help her get ready by making coffee or ironing her clothes, but now she says she needs me to wake up at 6:30 and help her get ready every day.’
The husband questioned whether he was being unreasonable for not wanting to wake up that early when he didn’t need to.
After all, who doesn’t like getting their full eight hours before work?
It seemed the internet was firmly in his camp on this issue too, with people branding his wife a ‘toddler’.
One user questioned how his wife would function if she wasn’t married to him.
They wrote: ‘I’m assuming you don’t have kids, but assuming that is indeed true, it is bananas to me that a grown woman – even one who struggles with mornings in general – would need her spouse to get up help her get ready.
‘There are a plethora of things she could be doing to help herself and it leaves the question for me of “how would she handle this if she wasn’t married?”.
‘Maybe there are a few things she could do in the evenings, with or without your involvement, to make the mornings easier (like ironing clothes or setting the coffee to brew on a timer) but anything you do would just be to be a kind, supportive partner.
‘It’s not your actual responsibility nor something you should be committed to doing day in and day out.’
One person said that they were in the wife’s shoes with the earlier start, but that they would never dream of forcing their partner to wake up with them.
They said: ‘I am in your wife’s situation. The idea of making my partner (who is on a different work-time schedule to me) get up early just to “help” me adult is ludicrous.
‘In fact, it’s a point of pride if I can leave the house without having disturbed them (and they pride themselves on the same for their work times).
‘You get up early to let the dog out for a p**s or to get toddlers to day care or kids off to school. Your grown-a** wife can get herself to work like every other independent and functioning adult in the world can.’
There were a few who tried to suggest a compromise though, after pointing out the wife may just want his company in the morning.
‘Getting up at 6:30 every day is unreasonable,’ one Redditor said. ‘You’re not obligated to completely upend your life and schedule for her convenience. Is she particularly stressed out these days where she’d need the extra help?
‘I will say though, as a loving partner, it might be nice of you to get up early for her like once a week? Just as a sweet gesture of love.
‘So many of the attitudes here on reddit are gonna be like “well OP [original poster] doesn’t owe her that!!!”. No, but in a healthy loving relationship both parties should want to try to help each other out.
‘If my partner has had multiple stressful days in a row, I’ll make the extra effort to get up early and help him on Day 3 or 4 in order to let him get a little extra sleep. But your wife shouldn’t feel entitled to your time to this extreme.’
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