This was happening in our own family to an extent. I expected certain things of my husband, he expected certain things from me. We both thought the other person could mind read and so resentment was brewing. But now we are working on negotiating our roles and tasks more and we are back to happy.
Weekend mornings were a sticking point. But now they are working wonderfully. Hubby gets to sleep in for as long as he wants. I get up when the children wake and feed them and get them occupied with something (and work on keeping them fairly quiet). In return, Hubby cooks dinner both nights. Fantastic! We both got something we wanted out of the deal and both conceded something.
And when my children rolled me out of bed early on Saturday morning, I got something extra out of the deal. I got to see this serene and spectacular dawn.
I think the pinks and purples and oranges (which the photograph does no justice to) stayed in my mind, because when I sat down to make a block for our upcoming guild block game (more on that another day), this is what appeared from under my sewing machine.
I love the sheer boisterous femininity of it! My husband would probably choke if I tried to make a whole quilt like it and put it on our bed....but then again, all things are up for negotiation!