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'AITA for getting angry at my parents after they refused to look after my children?'

'AITA for getting angry at my parents after they refused to look after my children?'


"AITA for getting angry at my parents after they refused to look after my children?"

I (25F) have two children, my son (4) and my daughter (2). Raising two children at a young age has been really difficult, however, I was able to graduate from college with a good degree and start a career that I am happy with. Despite this, the struggle of trying to juggle the responsibility of looking after my kids and focusing on my career is stressful to say the very least.

My fiancé (26) also works full-time, which only compounds the issue. Up until now, my parents have been watching my children on Saturday nights so me and my fiancé can have time to ourselves. My parents are retired. I was recently offered a promotion at work. While I enjoy my new position, it involves me working more hours, which only makes my home life more difficult.

I told my parents that I'd really appreciate it if they could watch my kids on Tuesday and Thursday nights as well, so as to alleviate my stress levels. However, they refused, saying that they're doing "more than enough" by looking after my kids on a Saturday night. We had an argument after this, where my parents threatened to stop watching my kids on Saturday night.

This annoyed me, and I responded by saying if they're going to put me in a compromising position, then they're not going to come to my wedding. We haven't spoken since, and I've had to look after my kids on Saturday night, which has been stressful for both me and my fiancé.

I feel as though that since they're retired, there's nothing wrong with asking them to pull their weight more and help me out with my kids. Am I missing something? AITA?

People had strong opinions about the dynamic.

Electrical-Date-3951 wrote:

OP is entitled and ungrateful. OP's parents did their job by raising OP. They were being very kind by offering OP a night off every single week.

Apprehensive_Sand_77 wrote:

YTA. Your parents are not your nanny. You’re asking for a FAVOR and then getting salty when they say no. It’s not their job to raise your kids, it they want to HELP that’s awesome but you’re acting as if this is their duty. It isn’t. Accept what help they’re giving you or get a nanny.

Kidnap_theSandyClaus wrote:

Hire a babysitter. You are the AH. Your parents owe you nothing. You made the choice to stay pregnant and keep your kids. You need to figure out a way to give yourself the "down time" without demanding your parents still provide for you.

Robossassin wrote:

YTA. Your parents are not obligated in any way to provide childcare. The Saturday night childcare they are doing is already a favor to you, and you are being ungrateful.

StellarManatee wrote:

Wow. They watch your children on Saturday nights JUST so you and your partner can have time to yourselves? Have you any idea how rare that is and how damn blessed you are to have that? Obviously, not since you went looking for even more from your parents then threatened them when they said no! Grow up and sort yourself out. YTA.

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