Mom Refuses to Let Husband See 2-Year-Old Son After Month-Long Business Trip

Gillian Sisley

Should a father always have access to his child, whenever he wants?

Parenting is incredibly tricky, and it takes very flexible and patient individuals to handle caring for children successfully. People really should be entirely sure they want to be a parent—and accept all of the sacrifices that come along with that—before taking the dive and doing it.

One of the biggest reasons parenting is difficult is the matter of finding a healthy work-life balance. Many parents find it hard to be effective while also successfully managing their obligations in their careers. The balance, in general, can be tricky.

These realities were highlighted in a recent online post in which a father returns from a month-long business trip and wants to see his child right away, but his wife refuses to let him.

Should a father always have access to his child, whenever he wants?

A Reddit post published on September 9, reported on by Matt Keeley from Newsweek, has gone viral with 7,100 upvotes and 1,000 comments.

The author begins her post by explaining that her husband recently came back from a month-long business trip that was only meant to be a month, but got extended. The couple has two children together—a newborn baby and a 2-year-old infant. Thus, this trip extension was actually quite a strain on the author as she was missing her partner in the care of their two children for a full month.

Her husband arrived back home at 2am, when the author was already nursing their baby daughter. He was able to put her to bed, and spend some much-needed time with her after being away for so long.

However, after seeing his daughter, the husband insisted on seeing his son as well. The author refused to accommodate this request, as in the last month their 2-year-old son had become quite a light sleeper, and if the father entered his room he would wake up. Her husband didn’t receive this news well.

Infants have constantly shifting sleep routines.

The father insisted that he would be quiet, but the author still would not allow him to go into his son’s room. She held firm in that he shouldn’t enter the child’s room at all, because he would definitely wake up the toddler.

The husband promised that he would put the child back to sleep if he woke their son, but the author felt that her husband was being ‘selfish’ for wanting to wake their son for his own personal reasons, rather than looking out for the well-being of their child.

What do you think? Was the author entirely justified to refuse her husband access to their son, considering she was most familiar with his new sleep habits? Or was she indeed being selfish for not letting her husband even see their son after such a long business trip away?

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