with Angella Dykstra
I'm a mom of three, a professional accountant, and an amateur photographer and writer. I am not a marriage expert. But my husband and I take "Til death do us part" seriously, and here I'll be sharing how we keep our marriage strong while we both do that insane work-life juggle.
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This past weekend was a rough one in our house. Friday night (or technically, Saturday morning) consisted of a date between me, the porcelain throne, and my husband who was rubbing my back. I had the distinct pleasure (if you can call it that) of experiencing food poisoning. Awesome.
Saturday night, our eldest child complained that his right eye was itchy. Come Sunday morning, both eyes were itchy, red, and oozing green slime. After a wait in the doctor’s office that took well over an hour, he was diagnosed with pink-eye. Nothing that a little antibiotic ointment won’t cure. We just need to find a way to actually get it into his eye.
Sunday afternoon our next-in-line, also a boy, complained that his tummy hurt. We sat him on the couch and procured him a plastic bowl. Which he proceeded to fill with the contents of his stomach. Three times.
Fast forward a few hours and our youngest, a girl, started rubbing her eyes due to the green slime coming out of it. Looks like another round of pink-eye. AWESOME.
Our situation here at home is such that we are both self-employed. Whoever is “less” busy does “more” of the parenting. Since my husband’s industry is pretty much dead right now, and I am back at an office for four days a week, he is the parent who gets to deal with sick kids while I traipse off to work.
I have often wondered what it would be like if we were both employed outside the home. I have female colleagues who have children and it seems as though they are the ones to stay home with their children if they are sick. This seems to be a given in their marriage relationship, even though their careers are highly respected and in demand. I would ask them how it gets decided who stays home with the ill child(ren) but it isn’t really my place.
So here is where I ask you guys. How do you decide which spouse stays home with sick kids?
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