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Yahoo Mum Diary: Stop Telling Me ‘The Housework Can Wait’

Parents are pressured into spending too much time playing with their children.

New parents face a near-constant barrage of well-meaning clichés and advice. "It all goes so fast," people will sigh. "They won't be little forever," grannies coo. "Treasure every moment," parents of older children will murmur, conveniently forgetting all those times they had to leave their room to scream into a pillow over their toddler's refusal to dress in anything other than socks and a Spiderman mask that day.

But at least those comments are well-meaning - there's one phrase in particular that gets trotted out again and again, and it makes me really cross: "The housework can wait." Wait for what?!

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