'That's Way Too Late': Wife Calls Out Husband for Leaving Her To Eat Alone

The internet comes to the defense of a man who left the dinner table while his wife was still eating dinner in a new viral post.

On Reddit's infamous "AmITheA**hole" forum, u/ggggyuiiiih, posted his situation for the community to share their thoughts and opinions.

The Reddit user and his wife have been married for 9 years and have 2 children (ages 2 and 4) — with another on the way. He explained that one night while they were having dinner, he finished his meal within 15 minutes then fed the children. He explained that his wife takes at least an hour to finish each meal because she's a "slow eater." After about a half-an-hour, their kids became restless after sitting too long.

Children's attention spans differ with age and expand as they get older. A 2-year-old's attention span lasts about 4 to 6 minutes while a 16-year-old's can last 32 to 48 minutes.

"After about 1.5 hours, the kids started crying saying that they don't want to sit at the table anymore but my wife wasn't done eating yet," he said. "I told her I'll put the kids to bed and come back. I brushed their teeth, gave them a quick shower, dressed them up in night clothes and put them to bed."

Once he came downstairs, he cleanup up the dinner mess while his wife finished her meal. She eventually made her way to the kitchen, admitting hurt feelings from being left at the table.

"She said that I'm teaching our kids that it's ok to disrespect their mom by not waiting for her patiently," he wrote.

She claimed that she won't be eating with them until they all apologize to her.

The "AITA" community were quick to comment on the sticky situation.

Receiving 16,800 upvotes for their comment, u/annie783 sided with the husband. "Your wife got to enjoy her meal at her own pace while you dealt with the cranky kids; did the bedtime routine alone, and then also cleaned the kitchen afterwards. I'd be grateful. NTA," they wrote.

"Forcing young children to sit and watch mommy eat for two hours is a great way to instill disordered eating tendencies in their little minds. I hope OP puts enough money away for the therapy bills," u/alady12 said.

"Kind of a weird expectation for your wife to have," u/Malechus added.

"NTA, it's unreasonable to make children of those ages sit around for so long to wait for someone else to finish. If it was yknow, 30 minutes maybe 40 it's not so bad, but kids just don't have the capacity to sit around and not get bored or upset. I get your wife is pregnant and in her feelings but the amount of time here is just ridiculous," u/TokesNHoots commented.

"NTA! Not wanting people to leave the table until everyone is done eating is reasonable, but her taking over an hour to eat is well beyond reasonable," u/kittenwolfimage said. "If she needs to take that long, that's totally fine, but she has no right to essentially imprison everyone at the table for an extra hour."

In response to u/kittenwolfimages' comment, u/kitatsi also sided with the husband. "Not only that but small children don't need to sit there for that long what a great way for the kids to spend their time being confined to the table, bored and obviously stressed and right before bed to. Dinner for them must be so fun..." they said.

Family eating dinner
A Reddit user took to the "Am I The A**hole" forum in order to get some opinions from the community if he should be deemed the a**hole for leaving his wife alone to eat at the dinner table. monkeybusinessimages/iStock / Getty Images Plus