The thorny issue of housework is hands down the biggest source of conflict in most couple’s first few years of family life. This issue tends to peak around bubs’ three to six month mark, so if you aren’t there already, plan ahead for it.
When we love our partner and baby so much, we naturally want to be the best wife and mother we can be. Many of us leave a career focus behind for a while to do this. But we can also put unnecessary pressure on ourselves (and perhaps our partner) to do more or be more than is really necessary or helpful.
You’re a few months (or years!) into parenthood and life has changed. Big time. But as your partner calls to let you know he’s meeting his mates for their regular Friday Night Drinks (because he’s “worked hard all week”), you realise things haven’t changed nearly as much for him as they have for you and you can’t help but want to scratch his eyes out. How do you cope with your partner still having an active social life when you’re stuck at home with bub? Should he give it up? Cut back? Or should you just call the babysitter and join him?