Yesterday was Equal Pay Day. I remember the good old days when my husband and I were making close to the same salary. Then came two maternity leaves and a nanny who decided it was a good idea to leave my baby home alone. She had an excuse…. he was sleeping and she didn’t want to wake him. What the F%%^K?
Sound the alarm – Mama’s taking a leave of absence.
Eight years later and I still have a supportive husband. We need be to there for each other or the world will chew us up and spit us out. There is dancing, clarifying and confirming who is doing what. I won’t lie it can get intense. There is frustration, tears, and anger (mainly mine).
Couple therapy is bliss. Imagine a safe space to unload your “stuff” without the kids hearing? Yes, please.
There are miscommunications, triumphs, and always a bit of drama with serious flair.
I want a new national day – “Equal Duties Day” or “Mutiny on Multitasking Day”…
Here’s the thing – Change is only going to happen if you prioritize and systemize it. Make the rules the boss baby. Tell that kid of yours to make his lunch (his partner will thank you later). Those socks can walk themselves to the laundry. Even better yet, find a coworking space like Shecosytem so you aren’t tempted to do chores while you work.
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Leigh Mitchell is a Brand and HR Strategist who loves tapping into your brilliance through her company Bee Happy HR Co. She often works with professional and entrepreneurial women, HR departments, and national corporations who want creative, clear, and story-based HR strategies coupled with impactful positioning. Leigh is also the founder of Women in Biz Network, she coaches clients, speaks with interesting guests on her Time to Thrive Podcast, curates mentorship initiatives, promotes Women in Biz Network's diversity-driven career board, and delivers skill-building events to a variety of audiences. Throughout her career, Leigh has worked with brands such as Microsoft Canada, TELUS, TD Canada Trust, Staples Canada, and Chevrolet Canada. Leigh has been featured in the CBC News, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Canadian Living, Wall Street Journal, and a speaker at numerous industry events. Connect with Leigh on all your favourite social media platforms @womenbiznetwork