But following the programme, dozens of people took to social media to praise Alena for her bravery while others deemed her ‘tragic’.
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“That’s because he knows what’s coming in and going out. I’m obviously aware of what’s coming in and going out, but I don’t concern myself with it largely.”
“It’s no different from getting a paycheck, and half of it going out for tax and things like that,” she said. “I get the money to look after the consumables in the household like food and fuel for the car, and then of course there’s some in there for me.
“If I’m really frugal with it, whatever is left is mine, he’s not pouring over my receipts seeing that I’m doing a good job and being a good wifey.”
She said: “I just think it’s that language. If you have to ask to buy a sofa the power balance is different.
“Why do you have to ask him? You can budget.”
Alena explained that she wouldn’t take a large amount of money to buy herself luxuries.
Alena responded: “We had the right to choose and my son will have that as well.
“We have found a lifestyle that really helped our marriage flourish.”
Another wrote: “I can relate to being a #tradwife #thismorning I love not working and being a mother and a house wife. It’s hard sometimes and you don’t always get it right but it’s so rewarding if that’s your choice of career.”
A third added: “The same people who look down on #Housewives tend to be the same people who are overworked, live in unorganised houses, have badly behaved children and unhappy spouses, and don’t know how to enjoy the little things in life.”
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Another viewer called it ‘tragic’, while one said: “He gives her an allowance? Why doesn’t she just have a bankcard to a joint account?? Sorry – and I’m really not judging anyone who chooses to stay at home for whatever reason – but that is subjugation.”
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