She knew that all the “parent jobs” would fall exclusively to me, so she organized help.
Six weeks after she’d passed, she was taking better care of the family then I was. All things considered, I do a pretty decent job of cooking, cleaning, and generally taking care of my kids.
Realize that you’re not just forming a relationship; you’re creating a family.
Society’s preconceived expectations for “mom jobs” and “dad jobs,” may appear innocent.
After I went back to campus each time Mom said, ‘I never get to see you!
’ Yes, well, that’s because you were with your boy.” Dating for two is difficult; dating in a crowd is downright complicated.
I have to do all the same stuff that any single mom has to do, yet I often find myself applauded for doing even the most basic parental chore. Clean the dishes and scrub down the kitchen counter. Offer to give rides to and from practices and events. Expectation of Dad: Anything that passes the sniff test is a waste of water. Dust the table, then dust the object before replacing it. Assist in cleaning out the litter box daily, and change out the litter weekly.
Lay something out to thaw for a nice home-cooked dinner that night. Attend the meetings and volunteer to be classroom mom. Schedule a meeting with teachers to discuss quarterly performance and then address. Expectation of Dad: Try not to confuse the one with the braces and the one whose dad was in a band. Expectation of Mom: Stay on top of the laundry at least weekly, if not daily. The laundry doesn’t need to be done until the stack on top of the hamper collapses under its own weight. The water dish should always have water in it and the food bowl should be cleaned prior to each feeding. Watch tutorial on proper preparation and adopt that trendy French technique the internet was buzzing about.