A Reddit user says she and her husband bought a big house for their son and his fiance to grow a family. However, their son shared that he and his partner no longer plan to have kids. So, the parents want to sell the house because they don’t need that much space.
The Parents Wanted To Buy Them A House As A Wedding Gift
The original poster (OP) and her husband asked their son and his fiance about their plans for the future. The parents wanted to buy their son a house but needed to figure out how big a house to buy.
Their son and his fiance said they were planning on having kids. So, OP and her husband were comfortable buying them a five-bedroom house. However, they kept the house under their names and planned to transfer the house title to their son once he married.
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Their Son No Longer Has The Desire To Have Children
After two years of being engaged and with the wedding approaching, OP’s son informed his parents that he and his fiance no longer have the desire to have children.
OP and her husband are fine with their life decision. But they are annoyed that they bought a big house under the assumption they were going to have kids. If they knew they wanted to be childfree, OP and her husband would have bought them a two-bedroom house.
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Mom Wants To Sell The House Because It’s Under Their Name
OP doesn’t believe their son gave them “misinformation” out of malice. But, she felt like they should have within 8 years of dating that they didn’t want to have kids.
So, OP wants to sell the house and replace their home with a smaller one. And, since the title is under their name, they can legally do it. However, her husband advises her that it would cause tension between the families.
There has already been some pushback from OP’s other child, whom they also bought a house for. They are asking why their brother got a bigger house when they only got a two-bedroom one.
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The Reddit Community Is Split
The Reddit community is split on this story.
Many Reddit users say the parents are not wrong for wanting to sell the house for a smaller one. And that no one should think badly of them because they are still gifting them a house, but just one that fits their family size.
Other Reddit users are accusing OP and her husband of being controlling for keeping the house under their name. These Reddit users say the parents are wrong for ripping the house from the couple and shouldn’t give gifts with strings attached.
Is OP wrong for wanting the sell the house and replace it with a smaller one? Or, are OP and her husband controlling because they had conditions for that certain size house?