Am I being unreasonable?

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Registered: 06-27-2014
Am I being unreasonable?
Fri, 06-27-2014 - 7:10pm

My husband of four years and I have been having a few issues lately. After going to counselling we decided to work on things and after some quality time together they have been a lot better. However, one of the big issues was his nights out with the boys. Other people may not agree with this but still having a lot of single friends we have often had nights out seperately. Whether or not people agree with this is not the issue... 

This morning we heard my Dad had to go in for emergency surgery tomorrow morning. It is a fairly minor surgery but nonetheless any surgery at 60 is worrying. I have planned to go to my parents first thing tomorrow. My husband does not intend to accompany me, he thinks it's perfectly acceptable to continue with the planned boys night out.

I'm furious that he is not showing the family more support. Particularly since we are a close family and he even works for my Dad! I cancelled our visit to another friend's tonight because of it.

Am I being unreasonable expecting him to cancel his plans?


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Registered: 06-27-2014
Wed, 07-02-2014 - 8:06am

Thought I'd answer a few questions/clarify a few points, I didn't explain myself very well or provide enough information in my original post. And many of you are right, the support required was really for me, not the family.

I said minor surgery, it was surgery on his leg which means he has to wear a brace to keep it straight and will be on crutches for 6 weeks. I had to go to the house to help Mum with many things such as moving a bed downstairs. This was the consultant's suggestion as he said Dad would be in a lot of pain the first few days and it would be easier if he did not have to navigate the stairs (particularly since ours are steep, narrow and winding).

I didn't go to sit at the hospital I went to my parents house since they live far away and I wanted to be around to help as required and to be able to visit him in the evening. Dad and Mum both separately asked us to come, Mum so that she could concentrate on Dad and wouldn't have to worry about things at home, Dad because he was worried about Mum. I wanted my husband to come with me and told him so. A mixture of reasons, emotional support (minor procedure or not I felt I needed support), I was then looking after the farm as Mum and Dad were both at the hospital and I might have needed help, Mum has a bad back and I wasn't too keen on her moving the bed etc (I ended up sliding it down the stairs by myself with her steadying it) and also I just wanted him to come with me, it's surely not a crime to want his company? I didn't intend to suggest that "a crowd of people" should be "hanging around at the hospital" only that we live a long way away so if help was needed with anything they can't just call and you'll be there in 5 minutes.

If he had been working that would not have been a problem, you can't cancel work for something like that.

The comments about "boys nights out" may have been irrelevant, yes I know many people continue to have single friends after marriage, we both do and we both regularly spend time with friends with and without one another. I'd say we are generally a very social couple. The issue has been that his boys nights are almost every week, being out clubbing until 3am, and spending a fortune and they come above all else all the time even though they are nearly every weekend. If it had been a special occassion I wouldn't have asked him to cancel but it was just ANOTHER night in the same places with the same friends he went out with last week... and the week before... and...

I did ask him to come with me and while he didn't quite say "no way, my night out with friends is more important than my DW or FIL?" that was the gist of it.

I am 29

So I guess it comes down to I needed him to come away with me for ONE night, it was important to me and he wasn't interested. He is welcome to his "boys" time, I am happy for him to have it, I very rarely ask him for anything, it's the first time I've ever suggested he cancel plans with friends because I needed him and he was not prepared to do it. So forget the minor surgery and the FIL the real issue is he just wasn't prepared to put me before a few beers for one night.

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Registered: 11-28-1999
Wed, 07-02-2014 - 11:23am

Ok, well this explains a lot more and now I don't think you are being unreasonable since you really needed his help, your parents needed help with heavy lifting stuff which he should have realized etc.  I also kind of disapprove (if that's the right word, but I can't think of another way to say it right now) of this kind of a guy's night out.  I am not someone who thinks that a married couple needs to do everything together, but after I got married (at 27) my DH would do things like go out to golf, to play baseball and hang out after for beers, maybe play cards.  I would go out with the girls for dinner, shopping and that kind of thing.  I would really wonder why a married person would feel the need to go to a club EVERY weekend and stay out that late--I would wonder what he is doing in the club--and why he doesn't want you with him.  I have one girlfriend who met her guy in a club and now that they are dating exclusively if they go out dancing, they usually do it together--not that they never do things alone, but I'm sure it's more fun for her to dance with her BF than to dance with girls or have strange guys hitting on her.  And I'd also add this unsolicited advice too--my DH (now ex) wasn't doing anything bad when he went out but after we had kids, it seemed like he didn't expect his life to have to change at all and he still wanted to do all this stuff with his friends that he did before--I became very resentful of the fact that he was going out to have fun while he was still acting like a kid and leaving me home alone with the baby.  I think some talks between you & DH are in order about what your expectations are in supporting each other and spending time together.

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Registered: 08-25-2006
Wed, 07-02-2014 - 2:36pm

Okay, it all makes much more sense now.  :)  

As far as your question "am I being unreasonable?"  I would say after your update, no, you are not being unreasonable.  

I think there is the issue of his priorities not matching yours; and although you say it isn't an issue, IMHO, I think the going out is becoming one.

I think Music already touched on all that pretty well already.   When I was younger I did some of that, also.  But usually the friends were also married or committed.  But it also lends to questionable behavior the later in the night it gets.   The most loyal person can be inappropriate with enough alcohol in them.  So the decisions have to be made BEFORE the first drink.  

In other words, there is a difference between a guys poker night, and going out clubing.  There is a difference between one beer after work, and hanging out at a bar.  Hope that makes sense.  

Take care and I hope you two can work through this.  In his defense, he may not really 'get it' and it might take a few more bumps in the road, but if you approach it right, it may start to soak in.  Just don't forget to appreciate the differences.  You don't have to always agree.  

I met my DH when we were 38 and 43 and I still had to talk to him about certain things I just didn't feel were appropriate.  He truly did not see what the big deal was.  But I did not say he was "wrong,"  rather I shared my perception and feelings.  The ding-a-ling still got him self in a pickle just last summer, ugh!  Sometimes guys are just trying to be kind and helpful and miss the signs.  

Enough out of me.  Let us know how things go.


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Registered: 06-27-2014
Wed, 07-02-2014 - 6:42pm

Oh well I'm glad my further explanation cleared things up.

Before we met we both went out a lot and we actually discussed it before we got married. The basic compromise was that we would still do our own thing with friends, even up to going on the regular nights out but only go to the pub and come home at midnightish. Unfortunately when we got married,due to his line of work, my DH had quarterly work nights out which he insisted on attending and always became a very late night. There were many fights about this at first. As time went on I got used to it (obviously not the right reaction) and the nights out became occasional nights with the boys which progressed to more or less weekly. He doesn't not want me to go and I have gone on a few occasions but none of the "boys" are in serious relationships so it generally is just them and there are only so many nights I want to go out as one of the boys. Plus now we have a mortgage etc I resent the excessive expense. My friends and I regularly meet for dinner/drinks (more often in someone's flat or house that in the city centre) but I also don't think married people clubbing regularly is entirely normal hence my comment about whether or not people approved.

Anyway we have talked through all of this, he has continued to behave (and spend) in the same manner, and I am on the verge of leaving him. I can only surmise he has got married before he was ready which has led to this behaviour. I know that most such problems stem from issues in the marriage but I have tried to get him to work through it with me and there is no progress being made. He refused counselling but I have been going on my own for some time

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Registered: 02-25-2013
Fri, 07-04-2014 - 10:06am

Sounds like you two married too young. You didn't have the life experience to choose a lifetime partner who matched you in all of the important ways. I made the same mistake and married at age 21. Too young to pay attention to the red flags that waved right in front of my face. You have matured and he has not. After my divorce, I had fun being single and went out dancing a lot with girlfriends. Then I remarried and one of my friends had a child and the other one got married and had a child. Our social lives changed to having get togethers at restaurants or at each others homes. 

I wouldn't mind my husband going out once in a while for a few hours with the guys, but yes, what your husband is doing is living like a single man. He has not altered his social life because of you. He has ignored your pleas about being frugal about finances. He wasn't there for you when you and your family needed him. You deserve better than that. It's good that you're going to counseling. I'm sorry you're not being treated like the special person you are. If you give him an ultimatum to change, he'll most likely resent you. Yes, it's time for you to makes some major changes in your life. Take care.