Family Roles Change
Posted by Clair
My family recently fell victim to the economy and unemployment. In short, my husband lost his job. It was a gut-wrenching shock to my lifestyle. We had always been a family of 2 working, professional parents. We equally shared the responsibilities of providing for our family and physically taking care of our children – sharing the cooking, grocery shopping, driving car pool, and standing on sidelines. We truly were the family that divided and conquered. We both wore 2 hats, parent and professional, all day, every day.
Our family is now no less strong, supportive, or functional, but we are different. We are now a single income family. I am the lone provider. My husband is now the primary caregiver. He has energetically taken on the role of toting the kids, cooking the dinners, washing the clothes; he has willingly and happily become Mr. Mom.
I have had a bit more of [...]
Why I Oughta…
Posted by Erin
My daughter has a best friend. Let’s call her “Kate.” Kate is a sweet girl. She has wonderful manners, she’s always asking me questions and wanting to hang out in the kitchen and talk to me while I make dinner. I’ve always liked Kate. But the other day I heard something that really upset me. I was working in the kitchen, trying to pack lunches and generally get my act together for the next day. Kate and my daughter were sitting in the den, whispering like middle-schoolers do. I could hear laughter and giggling and I was pretty much ignoring it. But then the tone of the conversation changed, and it made my ears perk up. I could hear my daughter’s voice get higher and higher pitched, while Kate’s voice got lower and slower. [...]