Hello! Daft thread really but I feel like I'm being a bit of a cow now and would like others perspective.
I co parent with a good friend, we were never a couple just decided to do this. He is a really good dad and has ds a lot, he's also good in that if I ask him to have ds extra time he will. So all good and no room for complain really But this sets my teeth on edge every time.
He likes his holidays, anything from two weeks away to a long weekend? He's currently on number 9 this year. Fine, I'm happy to have the extra time with ds but, every time he books a holiday he books first then messages me:
"Just to let you know that I have booked a holiday from 2nd to 10th of April so I won't be available to have Freddie then"
It's that one word really, available, it makes me want to scream because it makes him sound like a voluntary babysitter who's doing me a favour rather than a father who very much chose to be a father.
So go on, hit me with it, am I being a cow?
(Btw I never say anything to him, just seethe quietly!!)
What word would better suit the situation? That's the one he's meaning to use and is probably using one that he more habitually uses for work. But he means the other word. See it as a weird language habit he has.
I have a friend who says "pacifically" instead of "specifically". She knows she does it but can't seem to make the right word come out of her mouth.
Speak to him! Tell him with regard to holidays and time you want alone without our son can we agree beforehand as I’m worried you’ll book at a time when I’ve arranged something too then there’ll be a conflict
I assume it’s all agreed that you’re both fully engaged with this child parent situation?
A lot of NRP pull this shit. My ex has said that he's too ill hungover to have the kids the day he's supposed to pick them up. It's not like if I'm ill, I can delegate parenting to him or I might have plans that I've spent money on even a holiday for myself if I had the cash.
If you have a set "rota" for when Ds is with each of you, if your coparent books a holiday which means he is away for his "shift", your reply should be "what arrangements have you made for DS while you are away?!
Make sure you cover as many bases when you have the chat. It's no suprise you both haven't ironed all this out yet but you are going to have to get comfortable having these discussions as other stuff you haven't yet thought about are going to crop up over the next couple of decades. For example, if he consults you and you agree to cover his childcare but then can't, does finding alternative childcare fallback back to him or you? Remember this works both ways so if he says you, make sure he's clear that if he covers you and his plans change, he has to sort out alternatives.