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Upset with DH. Am I overreacting?

(29 Posts)
itunscrewstheotherway Sat 24-Sep-16 22:17:03

Not really sure if Relationships is the right place to post this - just wanted to avoid AIBU.

DH has a history of doing things I consider unsafe with the dc (who are 6 and 2). Essentially just not supervising them enough when he's got them on his own.

Today, he took them out with another boy (age 5) while I was at work, as a sort of favour to the boy's mum. Soon after picking the boy up, the boy legged it round a corner. DH has just told me that he left our 2 year old standing in the 'very quiet' road while he went round the corner - i.e. where he couldn't even see our ds - to get the boy.

I'm absolutely fuming. He's done things I think are stupid before this is the worst. I don't care how quiet the road was. He left a toddler out of sight in a road.

He told me in a tone that suggested he was expecting me to say "well that was a bit silly" or something like that. Now seems to think i'm overreacting. Am I?! Maybe I am?! If I am then I could do with being told so because I am so angry right now.

He says he didn't think it through and regrets it, but that doesn't make it any better to me because his instinctive reaction was therefore to desert our toddler to go and retrieve this other significantly older boy.

QuiteLikely5 Sat 24-Sep-16 22:18:58

I think you should let it go. You've made your feelings clear and he acted on instinct.

Fairylea Sat 24-Sep-16 22:19:04

Unacceptable to me. Why didn't he just pick the toddler up?

OhTheRoses Sat 24-Sep-16 22:19:34

Do you mean in the middle of the road or on the pavement?

itunscrewstheotherway Sat 24-Sep-16 22:20:08

In the actual road.

imother Sat 24-Sep-16 22:21:53

You are not overreacting.

But your dh regrets it, your ds is okay and you've made your point.

Maybe just remind him, neutrally, next time he's in sole charge.

itunscrewstheotherway Sat 24-Sep-16 22:22:04

So that he could run a bit faster to get the 5 year old I'm assuming Fairylea. Just monumentally stupid.

0hCrepe Sat 24-Sep-16 22:22:07

Sounds like he knows he did the wrong thing. Would be easier to get cross with you though than admit it I expect.

Zippidydoodah Sat 24-Sep-16 22:23:03

Why in the road? Wasn't there a pavement?

It's done now, but I would also be furious. Surely any sane person would have grabbed the 2 year old before running round the corner.

Waitingforsleep Sat 24-Sep-16 22:23:24

I have just written a post and I think maybe your situation is similar. I think it's the response he has given you?
If he had said oh my god yes now I think about it I feel horrified I did that (type thing) and agreed with you that he did this and regretted it and was sorry then you wouldn't feel so bad.
It was the downplaying of it and making out its not a big deal that's got your goat?

OhTheRoses Sat 24-Sep-16 22:23:29

shock. I wouldn't let him look after them again. Does the friend's mum know what a twit he is?

Mybeardeddragonjustdied2016 Sat 24-Sep-16 22:24:59

Sounds like maybe he needs to agree 2 kids is his maximum capability!?

PulyaSochsup Sat 24-Sep-16 22:25:35

Oh no! My DH can be like this, he needs constant reminding and supervising with DC. Not much you can do really except keep telling him. Mine are all at school now so it's getting easier. It's so worrying, I really feel for you.

BakeOffBiscuits Sat 24-Sep-16 22:28:43

He needs to just look after your two, until they are a bit older.

He obviously can't cope but feels so guilty he told you. At least he's been honest with you.

Icapturethecast1e Sat 24-Sep-16 22:29:03

No you didn't overreact. It was an unsafe thing to do. You need to calmly explain to him how you would have handled the situation & how his behaviour is affecting you.

MumOnTheRunCatchingUp Sat 24-Sep-16 22:29:15

roses he's the father.... op doesn't have to let him

itunscrewstheotherway Sat 24-Sep-16 22:33:10

Yeah. I've said I only want him looking after our kids in future.

I just generally feel like he doesn't take safety seriously enough and it pisses me off. He makes fun of me for being insistent that the doors are locked at night, for example, and if it weren't for me then they frequently wouldn't be. I find it so frustrating.

EmilyDickinson Sat 24-Sep-16 22:33:24

Goodness no! You are not overreacting. Your two year old could have been run over by a car and killed. If your DH is down playing it I think you need to take him through the possible consequences of his actions. I.e. Say to him,
"what do you think is the worst thing that could have happened to DS when you left him in the middle of the road?"

"If he had been hit by a car, do you think that it is possible that he could have been killed / seriously injured?"

"How would you feel if that happened?"

"How do you think I would feel if that happened?"

"Do you think our relationship would survive?"

"Do you think that you would ever, ever forgive yourself?"

"Do you now understand what you did?"

"Do you understand why I am so upset?"

Waitingforsleep Sat 24-Sep-16 22:38:39

Omg we have had that re doors too!
Frequently left open with keys in etc. Dh said I had ocd the once as I check doors and I lost my temper and told him he had given it to me! I never had to check the doors before! It's the not apologising and changing behaviour!

itunscrewstheotherway Sat 24-Sep-16 22:39:12

He does understand the severity of what could have happened, I think, but it's hard to tell because his two responses to strong criticism are either to shut down or become very defensive - he doesn't really do emphatic and unreserved apologies.

Waitingforsleep Sat 24-Sep-16 22:44:20

but is it this aspect op that is making you annoyed? i know with my dh it's the whole defensive and lack of empathy that drives me insane.
It makes me feel as though I'm being unreasonable and I'm guessing you the same hence you posting this to ask people as much - or maybe I'm way off the mark lol

itunscrewstheotherway Sat 24-Sep-16 22:48:46

Actually I think you're right Waitingforsleep. I'm so used to/resigned to DH's lack of emotional responsiveness that I hadn't even considered it as an aggravating factor, but I do think if he'd given me a decent, genuine apology then I wouldn't be half so angry. No chance of one, though. Sounds like our DHs are fairly similar...!

GingerbreadLatteToGo Sat 24-Sep-16 23:00:30

Fuck me. I'd still be raging at him.

I'm overweight & unfit. I wouldn't have given a second thought to hoisting the 2 year old under one arm, whilst grabbing the hand of the 6 yo & then going for the 5 yo. You simply do not risk the safety of two children to go after one child irrespective of whether they're yours or not.

My friends DH is like this, he leaves the 13 month old on the 6ft open platform of the play set in the garden...just walks off. Then chucks a fit when someone doesn't hold her hand when she's stepping out of the patio door onto grass. He's a engineer, doesn't have friends, has very little social awareness...she is convinced he is autistic, but isn't sure whether it's worth trying to get him to see his Doctor. As she says, it won't change him, BUT she might stop feeling such a strong urge to bury him under the patio if she knows he CAN'T rather than WON'T change his ways.

Waitingforsleep Sat 24-Sep-16 23:02:27

Yep and I don't know what to do about it!
It's causing major problems and I feel bad as he is a decent bloke but it's driving me mad. I feel angry towards him everytime I feel dismissed or what I have to say isn't valid. I'm sure that if your husband had have agreed with you that it out your two year old in danger and he felt upset with himself then you wouldn't worry so much and would rest easier. It's the fact he has put it onto you and made you feel unreasonable same with the doors.
but how do you make someone see this? inhave talked about it and how I feel etc but his face genuinely looks blank like he doesn't get it!

Joysmum Sat 24-Sep-16 23:05:05

I shut down when I make a serious mistake that I can't handle. It's self preservation and doesn't mean I'm minimising what happened.

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