Author Sherri Mills

Monday, July 6, 2009

Stay at Home Mom/or Not

A woman writes to an advice column that she is expecting her first child. Her husband has stipulated that if she doesn't work, she is to do all the cooking and cleaning and taking care of the house. His job will be to provide the family income.

She wonders why he gets a 9-to-5 work day while she will have the never-ending job of home-maker.

She asks, "Do you think he should still help me around the house? I feel guilty even bringing this up to him."

The columnist answers, "How about this: You will be in charge of the child and the home - and all that entails - during the hours he's at work. He will be in charge of earning money while he is at work. In the hours you are both home, you will share the tasks of home and child equally."

What she adds later is intriguing. She says, "By the way, the best way for you both to appreciate each other is to trade off for long stretches on weekends. He needs to know what your days really feel like versus what he imagines them to be, since you you presumably know what a day at work is like for him."


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