From Board Meetings to Chore Wheels

Man in apron with hand held vacuum on whiteIn the last few decades, with more and more women opting to put down the laundry basket and pick up the briefcase there’s been an increasing number of men opting to stay home and try their hand at being Mr. Mom.

So, your man is at home with the kids, what do you do now? You have to cut him some slack.

Maybe the kitchen won’t be as clean as you used to keep it, and he might not like the color coded jumbo chore wheel you were so fond of, but what you have to ask yourself is, are the children fed? Did they make it to school and all their afterschool activities? Is the house picked up? A partner turned obnoxious micromanager is just going to further kick his ego in the crotch. Try to remember that last year he was running the board meetings and had five people under him doing his bidding. He lost part of his vocabulary when he took on this new role. He’s always gotten the job done before, hasn’t he? It’s part of what attracted you to him in the first place. He went to school, found a job and worked his way up the ladder, but now things have changed and you’re the CEO and he’s no longer involved in all that corporate BS. Give him time to adjust to his new identity.

In the meantime, as long as you are coming home to a tidy home that doesn’t look like the victim of a natural disaster and children that haven’t had to dive head first into the grocery store dumpster for dinner, then chalk that up as a win. Grab a glass of wine and let him rub your feet while you unwind and enjoy the fact that you both made it through another day without him burning the kitchen down and trading your children in for a lawn mower.



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