Inside mum vs outside dad
My spouse has always had a stronger need to socialize than I have; this was a semi-regular quarrel between us before the pandemic, which was masked by the fact that no one could leave because no one could go anywhere.
As we worked in the same little area (my husband likes to converse during the workday; I prefer to bury my face in a computer in a quiet room), it would show up in small ways, but mainly my preferences won out.
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Now that we’ve re-emerged into the world, the conflict has resurfaced, and I’ve realized that it also affects our children. Our younger daughter resembles my husband, while our older daughter resembles me.
We don’t mind seeing others, though we do need to be persuaded to do so — and we constantly need a break to recover.
The more extroverted couple can remain out and about indefinitely, requiring less recharging.
We’re neither introverts nor extroverts, but there’s friction when we’re trying to figure out what to do as a family.
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