‘Is my wife running my kids ragged?’: Dad wonders if his kids are doing too much during the week

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A husband thinks his wife is doing way too much with their two children

He consulted Reddit’s r/Parenting forum for advice. Their children are ages 5 and 3. He believes that his wife constantly making the kids do activities is too exhausting for them. She disagrees. 

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“Is my wife running my kids ragged? My kids are 5 and 3,” he explained. “They are active and full of energy. I feel like sometimes they act like they need more action when, in reality, they need more rest. During the week, their school hours are 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. They are in pre-care at 7 a.m. and after-care until 4 p.m. So really, they are at school for nine hours. Separately, they are up at 6 a.m. Two days per week, they have gymnastics. My wife added them into a weekend activity also. In addition, she’s trying to play super aunt by going to her nephew’s sporting events at least once a week at 4:30 p.m. So our kids aren’t getting home until 6 p.m. on those days.”

The husband just wanted his wife to skip the nephew’s game every week. 

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“Is it out of line to ask her to not go to the nephew’s events during the week?” he said. “Because when I suggested it, she was offended. I am at work until 6 p.m. and home at 6:30 p.m. And honestly, I’m not going to take vacation time (for my family) to get home two hours early so my wife can go to our nephew’s baseball game. Is this too much for the kids?” 

Redditors weighed in on the father’s issues. 

“It sounds more like this is about controlling your wife than parenting for you,” someone commented

“I really don’t know why you’re so bothered by your wife wanting to do something with her nephew once a week,” another wrote

“I agree that this is a bit much for kids,” a person said

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