Happy Valentines Day! If you hate the day, I understand it – it’s not for everyone, every year (or ever) – and it will be over soon. I like it a lot more now that I have children – not that I didn’t like it in front of children, but I get such a kick from their excitement about tiny cards, boxes of conversation hearts that wear red or pink. It’s all the fun and joy without luggage. Joanie made a heart-shaped Valentine’s card for me at school today, which shows a picture of me and Miles, surrounded by hearts, and I really felt seen (don’t worry – she drew both of us on the back and wrote: “I love you mom ”- the first time she wrote this, and it seriously made up for every tantrum she had at the age of three last year. Well, most of it anyway.)
The kids are off for winter next week and we’re going to Missouri to visit my people. The sweets they got at school today are just a taste of what to expect from grandma and grandpa. Wish me luck!
I wish you a nice weekend and here are some things from the Internet that may interest you:
How to make your marriage a gayer (Because same-sex spouses are more satisfied with their partners than heterosexual ones)
“The nature of new parenthood can lead to loneliness, but the weakening of the social circles of new parents is also a consequence of the nature of friendship. “In adulthood, one of the most important determinants of friendship is the organization of our lives,” said William Rawlins, a communications professor at Ohio University. If your life changes a lot, for example with the arrival of a new baby, the structure of your friendships can also change. “Friendship is always a matter of choice – we spend time together. The role crisis that occurs in young adulthood when you feel committed to a partner, [or] You have children, maybe you both have full-time jobs – all of these things leave very little time and freedom for friendship. “
For new parents, the main problem is the extent to which their old friendships can take up their newly organized life and be accommodated in it. “With friends who have no children, it can be a litmus test. Can they accept and understand that a child in a way changes the focus of our entire life?” Rawlins asks. From this perspective, change can be inevitable, but losing ours It cannot be friends if we and they are both willing to adapt. “
File this from “Young men are committed to gender equality, but they still don’t suck” by doing Yes, no shit Map:
“Researchers have different ideas about why the division of labor at home has changed so slowly, despite the other advantages of women. One of the simplest explanations: men may be happy when a partner brings in another paycheck, but not happy to do more jobs. “
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