It’s a common trope to see a family flying together while the husband ignores the kids and the wife takes care of them. Maybe he’s even in first class, while they’re in coach. The argument usually is that he needs to work, or his company is paying for his ticket, or there was only one upgrade and you’re not going to give up an upgrade. Outrage follows!
This story seemed intriguing because it flips the usual script in a way.
- Maria Roberts is with her two kids – taking care of both the 3-year old and 5-year old – while her husband is seated nearby watching inflight entertainment.
- He gives himself a pass, of course he’d help, but the kids prefer to sit with mom. It’s really their decision.
- And she support it!
The video here is a re-enactment. She offers that this is the kids’ choice, and it’s less stressful that way. Besides, she and her husband each contribute in different ways, “what viewers don’t see is the work her husband puts in before the family even boards the plane.”
He is the one that has booked our flights, booked the car. He does all of the managing of getting to the airport, managing us through the airport. I feel like you do what makes things as easy as possible when you travel and I don’t think every single task has to be split 50-50. You just kind of do what works for your family.
It’s something, I suppose, to leave it to a 3-year old and 5-year old to determine what’s best for the family, although I think that children should have a say in matters. But telling them what they prefer is also somewhat self-fulfilling.
Ultimately I think every family ought to figure these things out for themselves, and whatever works well, keeps the peace and reduces stress for all of them is fine! It’s also nice to see a paean to specialization by comparative advantage.
Still, I sure hope this guy shows immense appreciation and have to think that he feels maybe just a little guilty?