Even in families in which both parents work full-time, there's usually that "go-to" parent who's the first to punch in when it's homework, dinner, or bed time. Even the most communicative, "we work as a team" couple can't split everything down the middle, 50/50, all the time. When time spent at home has even the slightest imbalance to it, emotions can run high between parenting couples. So what happens when one parent spends more time with the kids? In a word: complications. Complications happen, which is why communication is key.
I know that not every family has such a traditional situation as mine (super boring, I know), where I am the parent who works part-time and is home with the kids way more, while my partner is the Big Office Guy who works around the clock and is home way less. And as with damn near everything involved with parenting, I think it's important that I draw largely from my own experiences while simultaneously recognizing that other families have different ones. After all, there's more than one way to have one parent be the "at-home" parent and one parent be the "working parent." So, as with anything else, I acknowledge that my situation is mine and mine alone.
But even though parenthood looks different to different people, there are a few universal truths we can all rely on and find comfort in. Even when things are hard, we're not alone, and any feeling of parent-related imbalance has a way of leading to resentment. So, with that in mind, here's what will probably happen when one parent spends more time with the kids: