When I first got married 13 years ago, a friend gave me a magnet that stated “I’m a looker not a cooker.” It’s been on my fridge ever since. Maybe it was foreshadowing.
How was I to know that I would never be a fan of cooking?
I had domestic aspirations. I learned a few recipes. As kids came into the picture I learned to meal plan, prep, bake, stretch a dollar, even occasionally make some freezer meals with friends.
The truth is, I hate it.
But my husband actually enjoys cooking. And he is good at it.
I often stare at bland ingredients and a barely empty fridge fretting over dinner, but my husband can see the same ingredients and end up making a delicious meal!
Enter the mom guilt.
There’s a whole list of negative things I’ve said to myself over this issue. “He works full time, he shouldn’t have to do this. If you were a real woman you should find joy in this. You should be grateful to feed your family.”
(Pro tip: Don’t “should” on yourself!)
However, my husband has NEVER said anything about this issue. It’s just MY negative voice inside MY head.
So why was I letting it bother me so much?!
I finally learned when I was nursing babies to let it go. He does the majority of the cooking in our house and that’s okay! I think I found it easier to accept then because I WAS feeding babies with my BODY. Not slacking off!
Even now that nursing days are done, he still cooks more than I do, but I’ve learned to let the guilt go more easily. We each contribute to our family and our home in various ways and letting myself be okay with that is a huge life lesson.
What works for our family doesn’t necessarily work for other families, but that’s alright. It’s 2018 and it’s time those stereotypical gender roles didn’t bother us anymore. Maybe mom is the mechanic in your home and maybe dad is the best hair braider on the block. Who cares?!
If your family is functioning and communicating about the roles and tasks that need to be accomplished, then it doesn’t matter who does what! Take pride in the things that you do for your family and be grateful for the things your partner does too!