Clean kitchen with red crockery and black cupboard doors. Photo by Becca Tapert on Unsplash.

Pink vs Blue, another perspective – Gareth’s story

My wife and I got married in August 2015 and moved in together in a new home we had been renovating for 6 months for the first time the day after the wedding. Having neither livid with anyone other than family before it was always going to be interesting and different, no parents or siblings to help with the housework and chores, we were, for the first time, on our own!

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Woman on sofa with two young children. Photo by Alexander Dummer on Unsplash.

In search of respite – Jacqui’s story

I live with my two sons: 16 and 10. My 10 year old is autistic and not able to meaningfully participate in school with Covid so I’m home schooling. And working full time as an academic. I’ve hired two wonderful respite workers to work on reading, math and socialisation skills with my 10yo and my mom takes him 4 hours in the afternoon. I’m a single mom, and my youngest goes to his dad’s on the weekend. My workweek has shifted to include the weekend, though I try to spend meaningful time with my oldest during those days because he tends to get overlooked because of his younger brother’s additional needs.

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Family making pizza in kitchen. Photo by Jimmy Dean on Unsplash.

Putting the family first – Elizabeth’s story

I am fortunate enough to be able to work full time from home with a 2 year old. My job allows flex time, and my boss understands as she has 2 young children of her own. I begin my day at 6:30am preparing breakfast and lunch, and doing dishes. I work from 7-8:30am. Then I prepare my daughter for the day and encourage her to play with her toys. I work from 9:00-12:00, with occasional 5 min breaks. I feed my daughter lunch and put her down for a nap. Then continue working 12:30-2:30pm. When she wakes up, I give her playdough or crayons/colouring book. I work for another hour and then throw dinner together in the Instant pot (mom’s best friend). Dinner, dishes, play time, bath time, story time and sleep.

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Work vs chores. Photo by Charles Deluvio on Unsplash

Separating work from home – David’s story

I currently live with my partner. We both work for the NHS as allied healthcare professionals. My partner’s job has remained relatively the same, with them going into a hospital at their usual shift times. Mine, however, has been quite different. I have had to bring a large amount of my work into the home which has brought specific challenges. The role is emotionally very demanding and it is much harder to get a sense of separation from work and the home. I have managed to create some distance by setting up an office in the spare bedroom.

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