Your shows are so impacting. They help me to adjust my thinking, but I am having some challenges letting my new thought pattern influence and change my situation.
In short, I am employed and my husband is not. He lost his job because he did not meet the company’s new requirements and qualifications. While at home, he sleeps for several hours and watches TV. I am still left to care for the children and the house after a 10-hour day.
When we talk about work, he says that he is entitled to rest from work because he has worked for many years. He goes on to say that there was a time when I was at home (with the kids) and he brought in all the money (which was not much).
This is exhausting. I feel like a single parent with a lazy bear in my house. It’s ok that I taught myself not to depend on him for anything, but it would be good to have some support. What should I do?
As we repeat from time to time, we are not offering personal and comprehensive advice since we only know you through your short letter. We will try to raise questions and make points that we hope may be applicable to your unique situation.
Having said that, our hearts really do go out to you. Loneliness within a marriage is a cruel form of misery. While your husband’s being out of work sounds unrelated to COVID-19, many couples today are grappling with unemployment. The emotional and intimate aspects are often more severe than the economic, though of course they are related.
Our impression, Rheon, is that your marital problems go way back further than your husband losing his job. Mutual disrespect leaps out from your words. You minimize the income he brought in when he was working and his words, which you quote, disparage your contribution in running a home and raising a family. Disrespect, whether through hostile words, sarcasm, “humor”, or facial expression is a machete that hacks away at a marriage. It is incredibly hard to change the way spouses talk to and about each other, but it is vital to do so for a marriage to succeed.