A grandmother from the UK is asking the internet for advice after revealing that her son and daughter-in-law have branded her ‘selfish’ for refusing to quit her job and provide free childcare for her grandchild.
The unnamed grandmother took to online parenting forum Mumsnet where she revealed that her son and daughter-in-law are demanding that she leave a job that she “loves” to look after their child four days a week.
The grandmother alleges that the couple believes that “she doesn’t need the money” that she receives for working and that her refusal to provide free care for her grandchild is “selfish”.
“I love my grandchildren very much,” the grandmother wrote.
She continued, “I also have bank accounts for each [grandchild], which I put money in little and often. I also work full time and have an elderly mother who I look after.”
According to the grandmother’s message, her youngest son and his wife are pressuring her to perform childcare duties for their child because they are currently struggling to cover the cost of their mortgage due to the rising cost of professional childcare.
She also revealed she misses seeing her youngest grandchild because the couple has now started “pulling back” on visits.
A large audience of angry parents have sympathised with the grandmother’s predicament and labelled the son and daughter-in-law’s request as being both “entitled” and “unreasonable”.
“You are absolutely entitled to say no,” wrote one commenter.
Meanwhile, other commenters encouraged the grandmother to continue in her job and not give in to the couple’s demands.
“They are being completely unreasonable. No one has the right to demand free childcare from their parents. Stick to your boundaries, don’t give up the job that you love.”
What do you think? Does this grandmother’s children have the right to demand that she quit her job to provide free childcare for them?
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