'It’s her job to shut the kids up’: Dad demands ‘100 per cent silence’ while working from home

The father-of-two was slammed by the Reddit users for this post.
The father-of-two was slammed by the Reddit users for this post. Photo: Getty Images

The year 2020 has presented many challenges - one of the biggest being adapting to working from home.

One father has left the internet aghast after demanding that his wife 'do her part' and 'shut the kids up' during his work day because he requires '100 per cent silence' to work. 

Posting on the Reddit thread, 'Am I The A—hole', the father explained he lives in a 'smallish apartment' with his wife and twin toddlers and there's no room for a home office.

"I need silence to work," he wrote. "It has been slowly pissing me off because I am working hours and I hear noises such as my wife talking, watching tv kids playing from the other room."

Although assuring Reddit users he's been "VERY patient," the irate father was still annoyed at his family for, well, existing.

"Even if they are trying to be "quiet" I still hear some noises (kids, walking around, making food, cleaning etc.)" he complained.

"I got fed up with it and told my wife off, I'm the one working in this family and paying for everything," he wrote.  "The least they can give me is peace and quiet while I do my job."

"My wife is a stay at home mum and it's her job to be silent and shut the kids up," he continued.

"If I don't have complete silence, I cannot work and therefore could lose my job."


The dad didn't stop there, saying that his wife doesn't appreciate what he does and has the audacity to ask him to help around their home.

"When I wasn't working from home, she would ask me to do chores after work and take care of the kids when I am obviously very tired needing to wind down and relax for the night," he wrote.

"I would remind her that that's her job as a stay at home mum, but she refuses to listen to me because, "it's my kids and my home too".

The man concluded the post by admitting  his feelings are hurt and he feels under appreciated. 

"It hurts that she doesn't appreciate how hard I work or my feelings," he wrote. "I do my part by supporting this family financially, if it wasn't for me we wouldn't have a roof over our head, or food to eat. 

"But despite me voicing my feelings she not only has the nerve to disturb my work but also expect me to work more afterwards." 

"My wife is angry at me and refuses to back down," he said bewilderingly, claiming the worst part is is that his wife feels that he doesn't appreciate her.  

"Honestly, AITA??" he asked the Reddit community.  "I work very hard and I feel like I deserve to have my feelings considered."

The post quickly went viral and the response was unanimous; yes, he was the a—hole.

"You sound like you don't appreciate your wife at all," one user said bluntly.

"Remember that you get breaks from your paid work; your wife gets none from her unpaid work. What kind of AH expects complete silence from toddlers?"

"You have two jobs - one of them is being a parent," another pointed out. "So yep, when you're not doing your other job, that's when parenting comes into play. It doesn't sound like you appreciate her at all."

"Get some sound proof headphones and respect your PARTNER. Notice, I say partner, not slave or maid."