Over the last few days I have had several conversations with friends about hubbies and what they do or don’t do around the house and their contribution in caring for their children.
I am extremely lucky. I have a hubby who is heavily involved in the running of the home. He cooks, he cleans, he helps with the kids and absolutely loves going grocery shopping – on his own. He gets himself a trolley and a coffee and he does the rounds of the shops. He knows exactly where to get good deals, for instance there is no way I would have thought (or had the time or the inclination to find out) that oats are $4 cheaper at Aldi than at Coles, but he does and he loves doing it!
He comes up with fantastic meals for us all to try and believe it or not he is the instigator in buying some of the gadgetry in our kitchen. Not only do we have a thermomix we also have a Sous Vide cooking machine and one of those vacuum sealer things so you can cook and store food in the freezer.
Don’t get me wrong – I am not suggesting that I cannot do anything of these things, far from it. It is nice to have someone to share these tasks with.
Several of my friends are lucky enough to have hubbies who contribute in the same manner as mine. I know of at least three who love doing the grocery shopping alone and many more who help out around the house generally.
I also have lots of friends who have the opposite. These are the hubbies who can’t or won’t contribute – the ones who expect everything to be done for them regardless of whether their wife works or not. I am extremely lucky to have one that understands that a home runs much better in partnership than one person taking on the full load. I have been lucky in my choice of life partner and for that I am eternally grateful.