"How Dual-Career Couples Can Work Through the Coronavirus Crisis"
Five key questions to ask yourself and your partner.
Faced with a crisis, our focus often narrows to the immediate tasks at hand. For dual-career couples now facing working from home — especially those with children at home — this means getting bogged down in questions of how each hour will be scheduled and how chores are divided.
Instead, according to the author’s research, dual-career couples who survive crises with both their relationships and their careers intact step back and discuss and agree on certain principles around what matters to them, whose career takes precedence when,what they need from each other, and what concerns them most. It’s these principles that in turn serve as the logic for successful couples’ practical choices.The author’s research has shown how such contracts between couples can help them thrive in the best of times, but they become even more critical when a crisis hits.