On IWD Tom’s Balancing Work, Family, and Everything in Between

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5 min readMar 8, 2024
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Janice’s phone rang. She was in the middle of her presentation to the Board of Directors.

She let the call go to voicemail.

The call was immediately followed by a What’s Up from her husband. Call me asap. All in block capitals.

She raced through the last slides. She had been working on this the whole week. When she was done, she pretended she had to go to the toilet.

But she knew that everyone knew. She hoped they would forgive her and give her another chance. It was tough enough being the only woman in that meeting.

What happened?

There was no time for pleasantries when Tom picked up the phone.

How do you get Jack’s socks on? He throws them off every time I turn round. And Alana can’t find her shoes

Without waiting for him to finish, Janice began to list where children hide their shoes.

Have you looked in the wardrobe? Under the bed?…

He would have to struggle with the socks as much as she did.

Are you okay? You sound kind of testy with me…By the way. I helped with the housework - I…




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