Man slammed for refusing to take time off work to look after his sick son

A mum has hit out at her husband for refusing to take time off to help look after their sick child.

The woman explained that her son had tested positive for coronavirus, and so was having to miss school to self-isolate for 10 days.

With a part-time job in a school and no access to holiday days, the woman asked her husband, who works full time, whether he could take some time off to help her look after their little boy.

But she was stunned when he refused and insisted it was down to her.

The woman took to Mumsnet to vent about how “unreasonable” he was, where she said: “Our son has tested positive for Covid so needs to isolate for 10 days.

“Both me and my husband work, him full-time and me part-time (Monday to Tuesday). I’m a teacher so don’t have access to holiday days. My mum who normally does childcare for us is also positive for covid.”

She explained: “My son’s isolation will hit both my work days for this week and next.

“I think we should both take two days off – one of us this week, one of us next. My husband seems to think I should do it all.

“My headteacher is very reasonable but understandably likes to see that we’re taking turns in time off for sick children.

“My husband is shouting, screaming, calling me all the names under the sun as if this is my doing, and I can’t help but feel he’s being utterly childish and selfish.”

Struggling to understand why her husband is against taking time off, she said: “I believe I’ve brought this on myself because I’ve fallen into the ‘part-time’ trap of working outside the home, yet still taking on all the responsibilities as if I were a stay at home mum.”

She concluded her post, by saying: “So now this situation has arisen, he can’t believe he’s being asked to take time off work. I 100% cannot see this from his point of view at all, can anybody help me shed light on why he thinks this is reasonable?!”

Users were outraged by his behaviour and reassured the mum that it’s him who is being out of order.

One person said: “Time to put your foot down, he needs to look after his child at least 2 of those days and I’d tell him if he raises his voice or calls you names again, he’s gone…”

Another wrote: “He won’t even take ONE day off per week? What does he do that makes him so special that Covid and isolations have no impact on him?”

A third commented: “He is massively unreasonable. You should look into either counselling or divorce.”

One baffled user asked: “He doesn’t believe he has any responsibility to be a parent to his child and is outraged at your suggestion that he should take care of his child?”