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Dad told to 'get a grip' after demanding mornings off from childcare

Callum Jones

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Dad told to 'get a grip' after demanding mornings off from childcare

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A dad of a newborn baby has been told to 'get a grip' after he demanded he got mornings off from childcare.

The dad, who funnily enough goes by the name of tireddad667 on Reddit, shared his current dilemma anonymously with the social media platform.

In the post, the man said he believes he should have an extra hour in bed while his wife cares for his daughter.

He said this is because he prefers not to nap throughout the day, and would rather use his weekends 'to chill' and play video games.

In his lengthy post, the man said: "My wife and I have a six-month-old baby girl.

"She's mostly a stay-at-home mum, she works two half days a week and her sister watches the baby. I work full-time and go to school one day a week.

The dad has said he wants an extra hour in bed on the weekends. Credit: Aleksandr Davydov / Alamy Stock Photo
The dad has said he wants an extra hour in bed on the weekends. Credit: Aleksandr Davydov / Alamy Stock Photo

"We've always had an arrangement where she takes care of the household duties, (cooking, cleaning, and now baby care), while I happily support her monetarily.

"Honestly, we are both living our dream life and my wife does an absolutely spectacular job taking care of me and our little one."

He continues: "On the weekends, we share baby duty. However, our girl has hit a bit of a sleep regression, waking up every two hours - since my wife breastfeeds, she's always taken care of the baby full-time overnight.

"She's a light sleeper and unfortunately has insomnia, whereas I am a deep sleeper and wouldn't wake up for baby cries anyways.

"Recently my wife has been asking me to wake up with the baby both days on the weekends so she can get an extra hour of sleep.

"Baby wakes up around 7 am. I get the baby dressed and take over for that hour.

"But sometimes, I want to be the one that gets to sleep in an extra hour."

The dad then went on to explain how he has had arguments with his partner as a result of wanting the extra hour in bed, with her saying he is 'very insensitive'.

The man has said his demand has caused arguments with his partner. Credit: Yuri Arcurs / Alamy Stock Photo
The man has said his demand has caused arguments with his partner. Credit: Yuri Arcurs / Alamy Stock Photo

The post has sparked huge debate on the social media platform, with the majority of people taking the mother's side.

One person said: "I hope you get a grip on this and sort out your priorities so that this baby has a healthy 18 years living with you."

And a second added: "Having a baby is not a time of your life for having time for yourself. All of your energy needs to go to your baby, your spouse, and your home. If that means you have to give up video games, that’s what you do."

Topics: Parenting

Callum Jones
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