A lovely article and very humane. As a counterpoint, as my childhood was chaotic and unstable I rapidly acquired all the life skills I needed before I reached my teens. So I’ve always been the one to do the shopping, cooking, cleaning, fixing, saving, child-rearing, etc. etc. I remember my first wife’s mother watching me prepare a meal for them while simultaneously getting a PowerPoint deck ready for my Board meeting the following morning and keeping my two small children occupied before their own mealtime. My then-wife made a comment about how nice it was that I was always doing things for her, and her mother then said ominously, “Sure, but just you wait: he’ll want you to do something for him one day…”

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