You won’t believe what one exhausted father-of-four has to say about having children: he gets “zero fulfilment” from his life!
Most parents say that having children is an exhausting but wonderful experience. They claim to get an enormous amount of satisfaction and fulfillment from their children. But that’s not the case for every parent.
One exhausted Reddit user, Spangemonkee, has four children: a 13-year-old daughter, nine-year-old son and 21-month-old twin girls. The unhappy father says he has to give all his money, time and energy to his children. They whine, puke on the floor and even destroy things in his house every day! He has no time alone with his wife and absolutely no fulfilment in his life. All of this leaves him totally exhausted and unfulfilled. He actually says he wishes he’d never had children at all!
On a Reddit post entitled, ‘I can’t remember why I ever wanted to be a parent and it’s insane that anyone would ever want to be one’, he wrote:
“All my time, energy and money go to my kids,” he said.
“I’m left with a house that gets destroyed on a daily basis, exhaustion and zero fulfillment.”
The father, who has four children, including a 13-year-old daughter, nine-year-old son, and 21-month-old twin girls, talked in detail just what has him ‘burned out’:
“Last Friday night was spent mopping up puke,’ he wrote.”
“Saturday was listening to nothing but whining all day.”
“On Sunday, the two hours of spending time with just my wife was canceled because our babysitter couldn’t make it and my teenager couldn’t be bothered.”
“Today has been amazing since my oldest decided to rant about eating meat was bad whilst the toddlers tossed all their food on the floor.”
But while he is getting frustrated, his wife doesn’t share the same feelings who said took it all ‘in her stride’ and can’t understand how he feels:
“She gets hurt when I try talking with her about it,” he wrote.
“The only thing keeping me from walking away from it all is my deep sense of responsibility.”
Although some encouraged him that he’s not alone by sharing their own, same, stories, others said it would only get easier:
“Thank you for writing my feelings for me,” one Redditer wrote.
“I feel horrible about feeling this way already because my son is only three months old but I feel like I’ve just lost myself.”
The exhausted father later updated his post: