Generations of us women have done our part to break the chains of the kitchen and the never-ending laundry. The results from that movement are hard to reconcile, because the housecleaning fairy never shows up to do the daily chores. We crawl into bed remembering a promise of independence; yet our duties take the entire day. Then we wake up to repeat yesterday’s template, with nothing gained.
Here are some conflicts that, for me, arise nearly on a daily basis. I wonder if you feel the same?
Women are no longer spending their lives between the ages of 18 and 60 raising ten children. It’s time our thinking caught up with that.
Stop perpetuating the idea that staying home with the children is a choice made for a lifetime. Of an eighty to one hundred year lifespan, about twenty are spent on children. With retirement at the age of seventy-three, a person works the span of fifty-five years. To stay home with the children is a choice that likely lasts five to twenty years. That leaves room for a thirty-five to fifty year career.
The point is … Yes, you can have it all; just not all at once.