045: Tracey Spicer on upskilling your kids to contribute at home

Tracey Spicer

We interview Tracey Spicer, longtime broadcaster and recent NSW Premier’s Woman of the Year, on how she and her partner organise and share their home life and careers.

Tracey Spicer AM is a multiple Walkley Award-winning author, journalist and broadcaster who has anchored national programs and in 2018 was chosen as one of the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence . In 2019 she was named the NSW Premier’s Woman of the Year, accepted the Sydney Peace Prize alongside Tarana Burke for the Me Too movement, and won the national award for Excellence in Women’s Leadership through Women & Leadership Australia. Her first book, The Good Girl Stripped Bare, became a bestseller within weeks of publication, while her TEDx Talk, The Lady Stripped Bare, has attracted more than six million views worldwide.

What we talk about

During the interview, we chat with Tracey about:

  • organising holiday care for children
  • how Tracey enlisted her seven-year-old daughter to help her with tax receipts
  • enlisting the children to assist with life admin, cooking and other household chores
  • how she is determined to teach non-traditional gender roles to her children 
  • how her husband has taken control of house cleaning and comparison shopping in their household
  • how habit, necessity and seeking advice has helped her take control of her taxes
  • her approach to what she is happy to outsource
  • the importance of having a conversation with your partner to reset expectations
  • how her kids take responsibility for planning, shopping and cooking one meal each week
  • investing the effort and time to upskill your children into contributing to your household life admin
  • using a shared digital calendar to coordinate family logistics
  • simplifying life to reduce the number of decisions she needs to make. 

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