She Refused to Homeschool Her Stepson in Addition to Her Full-Time Job, so Her Husband and His Irritating Ex-Wife Both Sided Against Her

A 38-year-old woman recently had a blowout fight with her husband over her stepson’s education. He wanted her to homeschool him, but she insisted she already had a full-time job and couldn’t do it. Here’s what she had to say.

She loved her family

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The woman explained that she and her husband had been together for seven years, married for four. He had a son from a previous marriage, and he shared custody of his son with his ex-wife in an even split. Overall, their life together was good.

His education needed to change

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Now ten years old, her stepson had been having issues in school. The woman’s husband said that he wanted his son to be homeschooled. His ex-wife was also in agreement.

She supported it

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The woman said she fully supported their decision to homeschool him. “If done right, I don’t see an issue with this,” she said, “even though I do have concerns about his social needs. I expressed those thoughts, but beyond that, I didn’t offer much input; he’s their son, and his education is up to them.”

They wanted her to do it

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To give context, the original poster worked from home as a data analyst. Her husband and his ex-wife seemed to think this made her the perfect fit for homeschooling. However, she was not on board.

She simply didn’t have time

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The woman explained that despite her love for her husband and for her stepson, she was not equipped to homeschool the child. She worked full-time as it was. She was happy to help him with homework, but she couldn’t be his primary educator.

They ganged up on her

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Neither her husband nor his ex-wife understood her reasoning. “His ex-wife even questioned if I see their son as my family if I’ve got so little interest in his schooling and what is best for him,” she said. “This led to harsh words said on both sides; my husband actually took her side in this and has told me he’s disappointed in me.”

He argued their case

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Her husband pressed the issue even more after that. He argued that the woman working from home meant this was the perfect opportunity for her stepson. Since she was home all the time, she would be the perfect candidate to educate him as well, and surely she could spare some time throughout her day for that task.

She refused

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The woman stood her ground. She maintained that getting the boy proper homeschooling education would be the best course of action. She even offered to contribute money to make it happen–but it wasn’t good enough.

She asked the Internet for advice

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The woman was left feeling conflicted and confused. Her husband and his ex-wife both seemed so sure that she was in the wrong, that she began to wonder if she really was being unreasonable with them. So she asked the Internet for advice.

The Internet responded

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The comment section was so supportive of the woman that many asked clarifying questions about their situation, wondering if they had misunderstood some detail. That was how open and shut the case appeared to them. “You are working full time,” said one commenter. “Tell your husband that if he thinks it’s so important to homeschool him, then he needs to take time off.” Another added, “You are being honest about what you are able to do. In this case, loving your stepson is saying ‘no’ to what you cannot realistically take on.”

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