Anna Maxted is a freelance writer and the author of the smash international bestsellers Getting Over It, Running in Heels, and Behaving Like Adults. She lives in London with her husband, author Phil Robinson, and their son.
No matter how modern a relationship or reconstructed the male, the division of chores in a marriage is contentious. When my husband declares, “This house is a pigsty”, it feels like a slur on my character and morals. Even though it is equally a slur on his character and morals. The subtext, whether implied or inferred, is that the bulk of housewifery is — like reproduction — down to the ladies. If a child arrives at school with crisps for lunch, it’s the mother who’s judged.
As a parent, it’s the kind of admission that I would usually share only with my most non-judgmental mummy friends. Until a month ago, I could count the number of times one of my brood had taken ‘no’ for an answer on the fingers of a KitKat. If I turned down a request for a sandwich ten minutes before dinner, my seven-year-old son wanted a UN Summit about it, while every time I asked his five-year-old brother to switch off the TV, he’d fall to the floor in hysterics.
Do your children have to vie with your smartphone for your attention in the evenings? Do you feel twitchy in the mornings if you haven’t checked your messages? Having pooh-poohed them a couple of years ago, have you embraced the selfie (ironically, of course)? Then perhaps it’s not your children’s use of technology that you should be worrying about, but your own. Along with David Cameron — who last week took his first selfie-stick photo — we have bought in to selfie culture.
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Selecting a term
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