ThirdShift Blog

A blog about Mental Load, managing housework and finding equality at home.

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ThirdShift Housework Quiz

Why You Should Ask Your Partner To Take The ThirdShift Quiz

Do you do too much of the housework and childcare? Have you taken the ThirdShift Quiz? Here’s why it’s time for your partner to take the Quiz as well, to start having better conversations about creating a better balance at home. We launched the ThirdShift Quiz this week, and we’ve…
ThirdShift Housework Quiz

Launch News: ThirdShift Quiz Now Live!

Today we’re excited to announce the launch of the ThirdShift Quiz, a free tool to help you understand your housework – how much you’re working, what you’re doing, and what your work is worth. You may be surprised to learn just how much work you do each week, and the…
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The Joy Of Not Doing Housework (But Knowing It’s Still Being Done)

About a year ago I bought a robot vacuum. It may just be the single best thing I have ever bought. Because I feel literal joy every time I hear it switch itself on automatically to clean my house, or come home (pre-coronavirus) to find it’s cleaned while I’ve been…
Gender equality storm

A Storm Is Coming, And It’s Going To Set Gender Equality Back 40 years

In many households coronavirus lockdown has revealed cracks. Whose job gets prioritised when someone needs to take care of children? If there’s a meltdown while you’re both on conference calls, who steps out to deal with it? Your kid needs help with a school task, who gets interrupted first? Who…
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How To Talk About Housework Standards Without Starting A Fight

The Standards Challenge (Part Three) Talking about standards for housework can be a significant source of conflict at home. But how do you talk about it without starting a fight? The first post in this three part series examines why standards might differ between household members. If you missed Part…
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Agree A Housework ‘Definition of Done’ To Stop Fights

The Standards Challenge (Part Two) It’s more common than you’d think for two people to fight about whether household tasks have been ‘done’. Or if everyone is doing their fair share of the work. Why is this? Often it’s because we have different understandings of the ‘Definition of done’ for…
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Are They Just Trying To Get Out Of Doing Housework?

The Challenge of Different Standards (Part One) Do you and your partner have different standards for housework, or different ideas of what a task being done properly means? This common problem is called the Standards Challenge. In this three part series we explore why it happens, and how to fix…

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