Friday, March 06, 2009

It's the old housework gender wars again

I've been asked to stay at my job for the rest of the year. Even though I'll be taking a pay cut, I reckon it's worth it because in return I'll get paid leave and won't have to look for work again in a month's time. And I can continue to do just the 20 hours per week, arranged so that TLM doesn't have to be at daycare past 3pm.

Before this news, the boy had playfully suggested that I go for a full time position that would be coming up soon, leaving him free to get a part time job at McDonalds.

But there's no way I will let this happen because:
  • I really, really don't want to go back to working full time. Because there's no job I will love enough to willingly spend 40 hours per week at. Unless of course it becomes a financial necessity - it isn't yet.
  • I won't let the boy work at McDonalds. It will probably make him fat and pimply.
  • But mainly because without a full time job the boy does not have an excuse to avoid doing housework. I can handle doing most of the housework (though to be fair, he does most of the cooking and taking out of the rubbish and recycling) if he's busy. But if he's under-employed I know I will still be doing most of the housework, and resenting him for it.

9 comments:

Nigel Patel said...

I will say one thing for McDonnalds, (ST, the ex, runs one) it's great for stories.
Mostly I think the problem would be his hair & clothes forever smelling like he works at a burger joint.

Word Verification: "cystival"
Oh dear, oh dear. It sounds like a dermatologically themed party.

Make Tea Not War said...

Good news about having a job till the end of the year anyway. That must be a relief.

Violet said...

nigel: yeah it's hard enough hanging around with a boy who smells of cabbage, let alone chicken fat or whatever.
Re:cystival - do you think the guests would have to dress up as warts and pimples?

mtnw: it sure is.

Nigel Patel said...

Yes. I think Shaving Rash would be an interesting costume.
And a good excuse for beardiness.

Violet said...

nigel: I think you'd have to shave the beard off, or no-one will see the shaving rash. Or maybe you could show up with a couple of hickeys.

Antoinette said...

Crazy times we are in. Glad you have a solution that works!

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Angela said...

That is the way of things.

Good luck.

I think you get a free meal if you work there so he would probably gain quite a bit.

Hendo said...

Help me out. I'm not following your words. So he has a fulltime job already? Or he doesn't? And when he has a fulltime job, he has an excuse to avoid housework?

Just trying to understand what you're saying. :)

Violet said...

hello hendo, I don't believer I've seen your handle before. The boy is out of work. Hence his lack of excuse to do more housework.