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WIBU to ignore my DH's wishes?

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MrsSparkles Thu 07-Nov-13 13:34:45

I work with my parents in a family business, we have made a decision in the business which my DH completely disapproves of (he does not work in the business, but I will quite often ask his for his opinion or thoughts, even though he works in something totally different).

Anyhow, he totally disagrees with this decision and so is refusing to help me out with childcare etc while I need to do some travelling. Am I being unreasonable to just ignore him, make my plans and leave DD with my mum (it's for 1 night) if he refuses to help?

CogitoErgoSometimes Thu 07-Nov-13 13:38:08

YANBU. Sounds like his lack of cooperation is blackmail just because you won't do what he wants. Is this a normal reaction for him?

YoureBeingASillyBilly Thu 07-Nov-13 13:39:04

Well if your mum is happy to provide childcare while your dh refuses to care for his own child then yes i would.

However i'd be far more concerned about the fact that your husband fully intends to sabotage your career if you do anything in your job that he disagrees with.

JennyOnAPlate Thu 07-Nov-13 13:39:05

It sounds like he's being a complete twat if I'm honest. Yanbu.

misspontypine Thu 07-Nov-13 13:43:26


"help you with childcare" is he your dd's father? Even if he is just a stepfather saying that looking after his own child/step child is pretty disgusting.

Does he say he is helping you out with your washing if he irons his own shirts?

misspontypine Thu 07-Nov-13 13:44:45

Saying that looking after his own child is "helping out with childcare. Sorry!

dreamingbohemian Thu 07-Nov-13 13:49:25

What on earth is this decision that he could be so extreme?

Is it an ethical objection he has? Will it impact on him personally in any way?

I mean, it sounds very unreasonable, but it's hard to say completely without knowing what you're doing.

TheSurgeonsMate Thu 07-Nov-13 13:50:28

What makes you think that you might be being unreasonable?

MrsSparkles Thu 07-Nov-13 13:52:29

Yes he would call it helping! Not a big issue for me, it's how he's always been (a cultural thing I think). We both used to work in very well paid jobs - I quit mine after having DD as I didn't think we could both work in demanding jobs and give both the job and DD our best. So I now do all the childcare and housework etc (working part time), all he has to worry about is going to work - very 50's I know, but it generally works for us.

I know he disagrees with the route we're taking our business down, but I just don't feel it's his business, he argues that he supports me (as I'm now earning less), and therefore he should have a say.

Cognito - yes it is - I've posted before about it, but this work thing as it affects my parents is the first time I've really been forced to put my foot down.

Mim78 Thu 07-Nov-13 13:52:34

YANBU. Maybe try to talk it through with him again calmly if it's possible he's got the wrong end of the stick or not understood how important this is.

dreamingbohemian Thu 07-Nov-13 13:52:41

I mean for example -- my uncle was a salesman, and sometimes he would sell things that were pretty much taking advantage of older people (not illegal but insurance policies that were on the shady side, things like that). I wouldn't support my husband if for some crazy reason he wanted to do something like that.

cornflakegirl Thu 07-Nov-13 13:53:49

If it's something he morally disagrees with, and you're expecting him to rearrange his schedule to allow you to do it, I could see his point.

coppertop Thu 07-Nov-13 13:54:58

"he argues that he supports me (as I'm now earning less), and therefore he should have a say."

And by doing all the childcare and housework you are supporting him. So do you get to make decisions about his job?

I'm guessing not.

cornflakegirl Thu 07-Nov-13 13:55:21

Oh, xpost. I think what he means to say is that you support him in continuing in his demanding job now that you both have a child, no?

He is an arse.

CogitoErgoSometimes Thu 07-Nov-13 13:55:41

"he supports me (as I'm now earning less), and therefore he should have a say."

That's a pile of crap. He earns more so he dictates your movements? Time to shed the 50's housewife thing ... most of them ended up on tranquilisers.

Icelollycraving Thu 07-Nov-13 13:58:16

If he disagrees on ethical grounds he inbu. If he simply wants to control yanbu. What will the long term effect be?

givemeaclue Thu 07-Nov-13 13:58:21

Refusing to look after own child?!!!

bundaberg Thu 07-Nov-13 13:59:56


if the route you're taking involves killing small babies or something then i can see his point tbh! but assuming it doesn't and is actually something quite innocuous then yanbu

however, I would not leave DD with your mother, i would leave her with her father.
what's he going to do?

RevelsRoulette Thu 07-Nov-13 14:06:03

What's it got to do with him? If you worked for tesco would he refuse to do his share of childcare while you worked if he didn't like the order they stacked their shelves in? hmm

Does he feel like he should have control of your family's business?

Pachacuti Thu 07-Nov-13 14:13:24

Can I just clarify - is he actually refusing to look after his own child overnight, or is he just refusing to change his work schedule so that he can look after her in the day?

MrsSparkles Thu 07-Nov-13 14:21:13

I haven't asked him to change his work schedule - he's far too busy and important to do that smile, it would be met with a flat out no. He can't do any of the nursery stuff (as she's in the day I want to go) as it's too far way for him - close to my work, and an hour the opposite direction from his.

What I was going to ask was that my mum (who lives 5 mins from the nursery) has her overnight, meaning he won't see her. But I didn't even get chance as soon I mentioned it was to do with work, he refused to discuss it any further.

MrsSparkles Thu 07-Nov-13 14:26:53

What we're planning to do is change our shops fascia's, he says he disapproves of the name of the new shops, thinks they'll encourage alcoholism. But we think they're a very good fit for the area they are in.

The long term effect if we don't do this - the company might go bankrupt as its losing money atm. If he had any sensible alternatives I'd gladly listen but he doesn't he just doesn't want us to do this. I'll try talking to him again tonight, and see if we make any progress.

RevelsRoulette Thu 07-Nov-13 14:27:06

So what's his actual problem? He feels he should control the business? He is in charge of you?

You don't need him to do anything, right? So why not have your mum look after the child anyway? What would he do if you did that? If you just dropped off the child? I doubt he'd go and fetch her, would he?

And tbh, I think you should stop asking for his opinion on business matters. Trust yourself and your family to be competent enough to run your company. You don't need to run things by him and see what he thinks. It seems to be giving him the mistaken belief that he has some control over this company.

BasilBabyEater Thu 07-Nov-13 14:28:22



Help you with childcare?

Is he not your DD's father then?

Or her step father?

Fucking hell.

BasilBabyEater Thu 07-Nov-13 14:29:58

He earns more because the free childcare you give him, enables him to earn more.

It doesn't give him extra privileges, although lots of higher earners think it does.

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