Let me preface this by saying this was an innocent joke and I would never make my kids walk to McDonald’s to get me breakfast.
I’d let them take the car.
Actual preface: this was a joke. We are a joking family.
Backstory: our kids woke up super early so we made them breakfast, turned on the TV and went back to bed for a quick sleep in.
Present story: Once they were bored with the TV they came in to our bed for cuddles and basic shit talking (as kids do. Omg can they shit talk)
After a few minutes I asked if everyone wanted McDonald’s and everyone agreed.
I told my 7yo son that he would have to walk to the store (it’s roughly 500 meters away but you have to cross a busy road to get there) with his 4yo sister to get breakfast for everyone.
While he was suspicious of this joke request he kept asking “dad? Do I really have to do that?” And I would reply “yes, mate. We’re both tired. Could you go get us breakfast please?”
This went on for a few minutes and then I laughed and said “don’t worry mate. I’ll get it” then went and had a shower.
While I was in the shower he had a complete anxiety attack about having to walk to McDonald’s and my wife said he was hysterical for at least 5 minutes. Like a full blown, inconsolable panic attack.
He actually thought I wanted him and his sister to walk to McDonald’s to get breakfast. He’s such a sweet kid.
TL;DR told my 7yo kid he had to walk to McDonald’s to get breakfast for the family, was joking but he has a complete anxiety attack about it and I feel like shit.
Edit: for those suggesting my actions were extremely terrible. when I say we are a joking family I mean that this kind of play happens all the time.
Even my 7yo will pretend the TV is broken only to “prank” me. This was an unprecedented turn of events and he would have usually called me out on my BS.
This is why it’s a TIFU and not an EVERYDAY I FUCK UP.
Edit 2: thank you for the hate mail and suggestions. Holy shit, some of you are redacted. Only some. Most of you are level headed, responsible people.
Edit 3: holy shit. Did not expect this to even make a ripple in the water. Which it hasn’t but in reddit standards, whoa!
Edit 4: I’m no longer answering replies or DMs as it appears the I’m worst parent on the planet and need to be schooled by random internet users.
Sorry for not responding. You can blame the experts.
Edit 5: thank you for the people hitting up my inbox telling me not to worry about hate mail. You guys rock.
About 6 months ago, my wife and I decided to split household duties, totally her idea. I had been cooking a lot and she basically said she hated cooking and figuring out food, and if I kept doing it, she would be happy to take on the majority of housework/cleaning. We tried it and thought it went well so we kept doing it. Easy enough. Onto the issue.
I’ve started cooking in bulk. On Saturday and Sunday I make one giant meal each day in our instant pot and portion out the remainder of the food into serving-sized Tupperware, basically meal prep. I’ve also stocked the fridge each week with lots of jellies, meats, and cheeses, and the pantry with lots of snacks and bread for quick sandwiches.
Now, during the day, she’ll randomly come into my office and tell me “I’m hungry” and want me to make her food. I tell her all of the sandwich options and all of the leftovers that would take her 2 minutes to heat up and she’ll just roll her eyes and leave, which I think is rude.
We got into an argument yesterday where she told me I’m not holding up my end of the bargain. She wants breakfast, lunch, dinner, AND snacks served to her throughout the day. I told her that if I’m making myself lunch or dinner, I will make some for her, but I’m not going to drop everything to stand at a microwave for two minutes when she’s capable of doing that herself. I don’t tell her when I think something needs to be cleaned, you know?
Anyway, she thinks I’m being a jerk and I think she’s acting childish. AITA
EDIT: okay, a lot of people think I’m the asshole here, which, after defending myself and still getting told I’m the asshole, I’m willing to accept. New question - will I be the asshole if I tell her I want to go back to how things were, where we both clean and both cook? Thank you.
EDIT 2: I’m definitely an asshole. Thank you all, really. I plan to change starting right now. I got my ass handed to me and I deserve it, I’ve been acting shamefully.
Final EDIT: I’ve noticed an uptick in NTA comments and I don’t want anyone to get downvoted because they didn’t see my comments. We also have a newborn that she’s been doing 95% of the care for, as well as breastfeeding. I should have mentioned that in the original post.
What are your favourite combos? I'm not big on savory food so I really need to step up my game. I used to eat plant based 24/7 but since lockdown and moving back home I've started eating whatever I find tasty instead of healthy and have gained weight. You know, banana pancakes aren't that low on calories however vegan, gluten free and healthy they can be. I seem to almost forget how to do a breakfast without making it a dinner.
I usually go for;
Spinach, random chopped veggies and scrambled eggs.
Quinoa, chopped egg, cucumbers, bell pepper and sprinkled seeds.
Broccoli, grilled beans and cottage cheese.
Banana pancakes with fruit jam.
Oatmeal with frozen fruits, jam and soy yoghurt.
Edit; woah I didn't expect so many replies! I'm so happy to try all of the new options. Definitely an eye opener to how boring my breakfasts look and how I could improve them by doing overnight and meal prep methods ♥️ I also see a lot of oatmeal options which makes me happy because I'm a huge fan! Never tried savory version before but all the recipes make me want to get out of the comfort zone! And all the dinner made breakfast ones are amazing too. Some people eat soup first thing in the morning to warm themselves up and have a lighter meal on empty stomach, greatly appreciated input. Love this sub!
No one in Pompeii had time to warn him.