A father struggling to cope and “feeling angry” at his wife has logged on to a parenting forum to vent after she refused to terminate an unplanned pregnancy.
The father-of-three, known only by his screen name, Theseraphim, explained why he didn’t want a fourth child right now and asked for advice from fellow Mumsnet users.
Users didn’t hold back after reading the man’s tale, with responses, ranging from incredulous to outraged and critical to helpful.
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The man told users his children, aged nine, five and four, all had “some level of behavioural issue” and he worried about introducing a fourth child.
“(My) wife struggles with the basic running of the household and now with a fourth it will be too much for her.”
“We had discussed this previously and I made it clear I did not want more until the routines and house were in good order.
“Well fate screwed that up and now she’s three-five weeks pregnant.”
He said his wife had “missed one dose” of birth control and “apparently that was enough to catch”.
“I immediately suggested termination but apparently she ‘just can’t bring herself to do it’.”
Anyone disturbed by father’s placing onus of birth control and running the household onto his wife, while taking no responsibility for his part in the situation is not alone.
“You could help her to get the house “in good order” and if you were so dead set on not having more kids then a vasectomy might’ve been an idea,” one Mumsnet user commented.
"If YOU don't fully share the parenting and routines of your joint children and joint household then YOU are being VERY selfish and unsupportive. Pull your finger out and try getting stuck in," wrote another.
The father said he didn't know how to get his wife to "see sense", listing the financial burden, his wife's previous illnesses and pregnancy and his own wishes as reasons she should seek an abortion.