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‘My mom always washed the dishes. My dad always dried them. No matter if he worked 16 hours that day or not.’: Daughter to 41-year-old marriage urges ‘consistency’ is key to lasting love

“I’m sure there were days they were mad at each other, annoyed, stressed, or tired from a long day at work…but they still washed/dried the dishes together. As a kid, I didn’t think much about it. But as a 33-year-old standing in the kitchen I grew up in, that small gesture looked completely different.”

‘You look in the mirror and think, ‘My gosh. What happened to me?’ Your 3-day-old yoga pants covered in smeared banana.’: Woman urges ‘you don’t see it, but you are the perfect mom’

“You don’t see it in the floor covered with toys or the countertop smattered with dirty dishes. You don’t feel it in your 3-day-old yoga pants, desperately brushing out the crease in your hair from your days-old ponytail, wondering where all of your clean bras are. But it’s there, one perfect Mom for her sweet baby.”

‘Can you help with the chores?’ You’d have thought I just ruined my stepson’s life. He balked and resisted, often leaving behind his dirty dishes.’: Stepmom says ‘parenting is a process of growing’

“Despite being reminded, he usually forgot in his mad dash to grab his keys and rush out the door. And that stepmom? Well, she got really annoyed by it. I worried he’d never learn the value of taking care of things, the value of helping others out, or being aware of his surroundings.”

‘She’s been angry, quick to argue. I promise it’s not always you. It’s everything else.’: Woman pens letter to partners of stressed moms, ‘Her story needs a hero, and you’re the perfect part’

“What if you go home today and notice she’s still angry, frustrated, and (ridiculously) quick to argue. What if, instead of choosing to join her chaos, you choose to help settle it? Her story really, really needs a hero…and I think you’re perfect for the part.”

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