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Should a homemaker’s partner need to take up an ‘equal’ share of the household work? Or is it okay if he focuses on work while she focuses on home?
I’m not cut out to be a stay-at-home woman. And I’m also not someone who will focus on a career above any and everything. It may not be at the top of my list, but a successful career is important to me. After becoming a mother, I realised that so long as my child is well cared for, I would like to spend my days productively in a workplace and not just focusing on child care. Sure I love the extra-time one gets when there isn’t a 9-to-5 to go for – the freedom to schedule things on weekdays, more time exploring the world through the eyes of my little one. But it’s not enough to keep me at home permanently.
I recently decided to take a few months off from work and this gave me an interesting perspective on the difference in mindsets when one is working or not working. One thing, in particular, hit me really hard. I couldn’t help but feel that as a generation we have perhaps become too harsh in judging working fathers. In seething internally, and sometimes vocally, when that office colleague has jokingly washed his hands off all things baby related, have I tried too hard to project my own life situation on him?
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