Different expectations – Elodie’s story

I live with my partner of 6 years. We do not have children. I am responsible for managing the house in terms of bills and I also do the majority of the weekly housework. My partner comes from a more ‘traditional’ family where his stepfather does not do any domestic chores.

Although to be fair his mother won’t let her husband help. I grew up in a home with a stay at home mother, when she returned to work as a teacher (and main breadwinner) the housework was equally split and my father was always involved in childcare. I do find my partner’s attitude to housework frustrating and in particular his occasional expectation that it should have been done by someone else (me).

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