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The Curse of the Mental Load

I talk about "mental load" a lot, but this image really spoke to me today. This week I've been planning our family's summer. We finally feel comfortable sending our 5 year old to camps this summer (he's quite a handful in many ways). So I searched for summer programming in town, gathered all my info, made sure child care would be available, made sure that none of the drop offs & pick ups overlapped for either kid, made sure we could fit them into our budget, and made sure to space them out appropriately so that there was still down time, but busy enough not to get board and drive us all to insanity. *takes a breath* Not only did I plan them, I also created a paper and digital calendar, laying it all out to have handy for myself, the sitter,  and the husband.
While I was doing that, I figured, may as well plan any summer vacations we would want to take. So budgeted for those, booked some things, and planned to visit with some out of town friends and family. I…

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