Emotional Labor: 4 Tips for Sharing the Mental Load
Have you ever felt, much like Jennifer Aniston’s character in
, that you didn’t just want your partner to do the dishes; you wanted them
to do the dishes?
If so, you were likely dealing with an imbalance of something called emotional labor.
The concept of emotional labor is essential to a happy, healthy household ecosystem
There is a hidden cost to managing a household that once had no name but now goes by many: Emotional labor, mental load, invisible labor.
What is Emotional Labor?
refers to the myriad unpaid mental tasks and emotional demands of day-to-day family and household management
– Managing kids’ meals, schedules, transportation, etc – Keeping track of important events on the family calendar
Emotional Labor Includes:
When we don’t give enough attention to emotional labor, it will often fall mostly or entirely to one person in the family . It's important to share the load
Sharing the Load
Talk about it. Play to each person's strengths. Allow room for discomfort.
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