One of my earliest posts for My Mommy Manual was How To Move Past the Nit-Pick. I have taken my own advice. There has been a lot of deep breathing, accentuating the positive, and looking toward the long distance. However, it’s come to a point where I just cannot click and move on. In fact, there’s been a lot of clicking, but we’re not moving on. I am stuck with the question of how do I accept another’s shortcomings and still be authentic about what’s not working in our relationship.
My husband and I are at an impasse. We’re not communicating well. We’re not having sex. We can barely have a conversation right now without one of us taking a sassy tone with the other.
I’ve seen other relationships crack under the same pressure. He works too much. I feel over-burdened by having to manage all things related to the house. You know…keeping the house picked up (kids’ toys!), cleaning, laundry (oh the never-ending piles of laundry that need to be washed, folded or simply put away), meal planning and cooking, paying the bills and balancing the checkbook. Then there are our two boys with drop offs and pick-ups, soccer practice, swim class, homework and play dates. Let’s not forget the trips to the library, Target or whatever other household need there is. I’ve asked Husband to do the dishes after meals that I cook and yes, he has had to put away a load of laundry now and again. He’s complained that he’s doing a lot more around the house and I’m not doing enough. Them are fighting words, Buster Brown.