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The argument for deeper societal change around household and emotional labour.

Dr Kate Prickett argues for a deeper societal change that goes much further than dads changing nappies and sharing household chores.

The advertisements showing us what mothers want on Mother’s Day – a sleep-in, breakfast in bed, a good cup of coffee that someone else has made – are in stark contrast to what most mornings look like for mums in Aotearoa. Which I guess is precisely the point.

It’s 9am. I’ve made it to the office. As I sit down, I often reflect that I’ve been up for three hours but (perceive!) that I’ve accomplished nothing. My time looks like this: I naturally wake around 6am, lying as still as possible so as not to let on that I’m awake. First child wakes somewhere…

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