(Closed) I took his iPad

posted 6 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
2419 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I thought this was going to be something completely different at first. 

Hopefully this will light a fire under his bum to get a job.  I can only imagine how frustrating it is for you that he isn’t doing anything.

That being said, don’t be too harsh on him. He probably doesn’t feel the greatest since he lost his job and it could be making him feel “less manly.”

Post # 4
1427 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Hang in there!!

Post # 5
1710 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World

@lookingglass:  Well, at least you’re getting practice for when your future kiddos don’t want to do their homework!  :-p

Seriously though, you have every right to be frustrated with him.  I totally get you.  I do agree with PPs that he probably feels pretty shitty about not having a job.  

I just reread your fall timeline of his activities and it does sound like he’s biding his time until January.  We are practically at December’s door…I think he needs to look for seasonal employment for now until he can get something after the New Year.

Post # 6
752 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011


I am sorry you are dealing with this situation.  I wish you the best…just don’t forget you aren’t his mother.  You should have mutual respect for each other and not treat each other like children.

Post # 7
1729 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

2 things…

1. Companies DO hire in November/December…many have budgets to spend and/or open head counts to fill before year end or they risk losing the money/positions in 2013.

2. Be careful not to mother your SI. It really affects the dynamic and sets a tone that’s hard to come back from. There are several articles on this, but here’s one: http://www.twoofus.org/educational-content/articles/are-you-mothering-your-partner/index.aspx


Good luck! Hope he finds a job soon 🙂

Post # 8
9687 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@lookingglass:   Yikes.  I hope this “parental” strategy doesn’t backfire on you.  It seems disrespectful to me, from his point of view.

You took his “toy” away from him, as though he’s a child who needs to do his homework or clean his room to get his toy back.  I used this as a discipline technique while raising my son and it was effective.  For a 10-year old.

For a grown man it doesn’t seem right.  I wouldn’t want someone to do that to me.  In fact, that would be a dealbreaker for me, personally; I’d walk away from a man who treated me like a child, regardless of the circumstances.  So I would never imagine doing that to a grown man for whom I had respect.

Maybe you two need to sit down and have a mature discussion, like the adults you are.  If he wants to marry you, really, he’ll figure this out without your having to resort to tactics like this. 

If he doesn’t come up with something, like an adult should, then you have some serious soul-searching to do.  Don’t you want to be married to an adult man who knows how to take care of his own responsibilities?

Post # 10
9687 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@lookingglass:    It sounds as though your mothering him is a pattern that has been established for quite some time.  He needs to learn to support himself before he even starts to think about getting married. 

While it’s good to help support someone else’s dream because you believe in him, and I understand and respect that, it’s also not fair to you to always be the one propping him up.

You won’t be getting an equal partner, you’ll be getting more of what you’ve already been getting all these years.  Doesn’t sound like too much fun to me, or very sexy.  You can’t continue to only take care of him, he should also take care of you in return.  I hope he does, at least in some way! 

Post # 11
1729 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@lookingglass:  It’s totally a tough position. Hopefully the lack of tech distraction will help re-focus him. Have you tried sitting him down and having a really serious conversation about how this is putting unnecessary stress on you and your relationship? If you continue in this fashion, it’s likely that you’ll begin to harbor some resentments towards him and it’s hard to reverse that.

Post # 13
3357 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@Sunfire:  though I agree with you, sometimes people need a shove before they do what they’re supposed to do (ipad confiscation) or even need to lose something before they realize what they’ve done (she walks away).

I don’t think she wants it to get to the second point.

Post # 14
309 posts
Helper bee

@Sunfire:  +1


This was exactly my first thought. If my SO demanded something like this, he would get an “excuse me?” and we’d have a very long discussion about what is, and is not appropriate in an adult relationship.

Post # 15
642 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I cant believe he actually gave it to you?

He is probably not motivated because he is going to be working in January.  Why did he leave his job in the first place?  To find work right, which he has, sort of…he just may have done it in an odd way.  Most people find work first.  

This is not what you posted this for at all, but why didnt he keep his miserable job and do the song writing on the side?  I dont know…just odd to me.

Hopefully you taking this ipod will make him find work in the mean time!

Post # 16
1071 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I just wanted to echo the other ladies who have commented on this thread, I don’t think it is a good idea to treat your SO like a child.  It establishes a bad precedent in your relationship and that will contine to cause problems.  He is a grown man, why don’t you stop giving him money instead of taking away his toy?

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