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My hubs and I have a two kiddos, one with special needs. He doesn’t even know our son’s two main diagnoses, let alone all of the specialists he sees. I’m truly afraid that if something happens to me, our son will be in medical danger. My son has special needs. I keep a ghetto notebook with the names and numbers of all his specialists and therapists and how often he sees them, the password to his online health chart, his general care instructions, his health insurance info, and a link on how to transfer over ssi. I highly recommend doing it; it gives me so much peace of mind. Dolly parton guts grits and lipstick shirt What a major whine fest. Doing what needs to be done is just being a mom. Don’t know anyone who is keeping score between what you do vs your husband does and is happy about that scorecard. It is what it is. Focus on how your family is benefitting from your attention and acts of love and make sure you include yourself in that caring you do for all. So true. How can we teach our kids so this doesn’t continue for another generation?
I know it’s not out of meanness or laziness; it is just not learned behavior for our spouses. I don’t think the article says mothers are the only ones who handle things. I think it says we are the ones who are always THINKING of what needs to be done. I also don’t think it’s intentional that we’re this way. It just happens. society kinda sets men up for failure as caregivers. For instance, you rarely see or hear if male babysitters or nannies or a lot of people would just think they’re pervs right away, like in daddy daycare. When males are young no one ever talks about staying at home and being the main caregiver as even an option in life. Women are usually given custody of children in a divorce. Men are portrayed in comedy as slow and dimwits. The chips are stacked against men from the beginning. The only time we ever hear about men in the role is when they’re really good or really bad, never in between, yet men are told their entire lives that nature has made women better caregivers because they’re more nurturing, when I’ve met loads of women during my lifetime that were so-so or terrible parents.