My neighbor has just gone back to work. She has been a stay at home mom for almost 6 years. She and her husband own a business and they are now both working there together. I was asking her how that was going. Being a working mom is all I know but I imagine there is a bit of transition in going back to work. She is working three 12 hour shifts a week and her husband is staying home with the kids while she works and vice versa. I think that doing that and having 4 full days home with the kids would be easier than having to jump into 5 days a week. We were talking about housework and if Charlie helps or not. I told her about our system. As I told her about our system, I realized that it's not bad. We clean the house on Sunday. Charlie does the floors, toilets, trash and yardwork. I do the kitchen, family room and laundry. During the week, I cook dinner and he does the dishes. Not much else cleaning wise happens. Sunday afternoon the house looks great. By Friday, it's a disaster pit. This past Friday it was so bad that I couldn't even find a clean spot on the counter without crumbs to fill out a form. But Sunday afternoon, it was clean again. She seemed impressed - mostly that Charlie does the dishes every day. I reminded her that this was an evolution and not a transition. We have been doing the two working parent thing a long time. It's all we know. But it reminded me that we have a good system.
When I got home, I told Charlie about the conversation. He was pretty proud of himself because it made him look good. I was proud of him... and us too.