Ask Amy: 'Shefault' parent wants to rebalance home life
Dear Amy: My husband and I have been married for six years. We have two children -- ages one and five. I struggle feeling like I'm supported at home.
Most days I get up with the kids and start getting them ready for school. My husband will sleep in and either get up on his own, or I'll wake him up.
I really don't want to have to add "get husband out of bed" to my morning routine, but that's what I've been doing.
He doesn't think it's a big deal -- I can just "get him up earlier" if I want his help earlier in the morning.
For me this is just a microcosm of our household -- I do the work by default. If I want his participation, I need to coordinate his involvement. He says I don't give him enough credit for the things he does, and it's true that we do split some work evenly.
Still, this makes me feel as if I need to not only do the heavy lifting by default and work to get him involved, but then also make him feel like a rock star for getting up with the baby once in a while.
It feels like my work is invisible and his work is not. Clearly neither of us is able to be unbiased about our role in the home.
I feel like he is a "fair weather dad" -- helpful when the work is easy, scarce when it's hard. For me, it's killed my attraction to him, and I just feel annoyed basically all the time.
How do I shift my perspective so I can live in peace and be content with what I have?
-- Overworked Mom