BYU, USU study says marriage thrives on shared chores, strong dad-child bond

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    March 24, 2013 2:25 p.m.

    Might be interesting to couple this study up with a left-brain/right brain preference. Me and my wife are atypical in that regard--she more left, me more right (no pun intended). As a result, she'd rather work outside, and as a result, (since my mom was such a good tutor), I spend more time doing the indoors stuff than the left-brained man!

  • bluebullet94 ,
    March 22, 2013 12:18 p.m.

    I don't mind doing dishes or laundry or helping with vacuuming and other household chores - especially on weekends. But it definitely wears on me when I feel like I'm doing half or more of the housework and I have a stay at home wife. We both have our roles - mine as breadwinner working 50+ hours a week and my wife taking care of our family and home. But its frustrating when I'm expected to work 50+ hours a week and then come home and have to do 3 hours of housework because nothing got done during the day. Is it wrong of me to expect some housework to get done during the day from a stay-at-home-mom?

  • Bebyebe UUU, UT
    March 22, 2013 7:00 a.m.

    Oatmeal, does she have a sister?

  • Diligent Dave Logan, UT
    March 21, 2013 3:03 p.m.

    In the past year or so, I have started taken over doing the dishes. I use to work away from home, and my wife was at home. Now she works away from home, and I work mostly at home. I contribute in that way much more. She still does a lot of housework. But much more sporadically.

    Another study I saved a few months back indicated that where men do more "traditional" chores at home (taking care of the yard, fixing stuff, etc), the couple share intimacy more frequently. And, those men who do what some would call "women's work" 'get it' less frequently. And, according to this other study, the more that men do "women's work" (as it were), the LESS the "get"!

    I guess women want to be women and they want their men to be men. I better get out and start doing more yard work!

  • Stephen Kent Ehat Lindon, UT
    March 21, 2013 12:39 p.m.

    No marriage should be a fifty-fifty proposition.

    All marriages, to truly be happy marriages, should be one-hundred percent / one-hundred percent propositions.

    Indeed, not just propositions but realities.

  • Abeille West Haven, Utah
    March 21, 2013 12:14 p.m.

    Interesting study. I would guess that the perception of 'fairness' has a lot more to do with happiness in marriage than the actual division of labor. For example, when we were first married, my wife told me she hated doing the Kitchen. As an expression of my love for her, I've always made sure the kitchen stays clean. As her physical health has deteriorated, I have taken on even more household chores - even though I work 40+ hours a week (she also works full-time). Also, she relates better to some of our children than I do, while the opposite is true of other of our children. If asked, both of us would say that we have the 'ideal' marriage, despite our uneven household chores.

  • Oatmeal Woods Cross, UT
    March 21, 2013 11:47 a.m.

    @ Ernest T. Bass: My wife often mowes the lawn, tends the garden and once, when I was at work, she tore apart and repaired the tiller. When it snows there are two shovels at work on the driveway. I help on the inside of the house on everything except that darned dusting!

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    March 21, 2013 11:26 a.m.

    "Shared chores", like him doing the dishes? Why doesn't she ever clean out the rain gutters or mow the lawn?

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    March 21, 2013 10:56 a.m.

    I'm curious how the researchers would justify these new 'findings' while noting the many good marriages from the past that had less sharing of duties. I'd guess that shared roles in marriage isn't new but wasn't widely accepted in the past, hence the Father stereotypes shown on TV in the past. Those tv stereotypes were merely an imitation of real life and real opinions/actions.

  • Danny Chipman Lehi, UT
    March 21, 2013 8:14 a.m.


    Believe me, Relief Society is a weekly guilt trip of all the things we could be doing better as wives, mothers, neighbors, missionaries... Nobody outright says (at least, not in my ward) we're doing it wrong, but most of us take that message away.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    March 21, 2013 7:59 a.m.

    My son in law was on his way out the door to attend a General Priesthood session of conference and stopped to offer an apology to his wife (my daughter). Puzzled by his impromptu apology she asked him what he was apologizing to her for and he said, "I don't know now, but I am going to a meeting to find out". lol Not saying we men don't need correction but I doubt women get much "correction" at RS meetings. Maybe they don't need it as much as we men do?

  • Just Me Richfield, UT
    March 20, 2013 9:30 p.m.

    Oh crud! I guess if these researchers can get along from byu & USU to complete this study, I can say something nice for the first time in 20 years: Go Aggies.....(big breath) go cougars.

  • GC Addicted Washington, UT
    March 20, 2013 9:10 p.m.

    Sometimes it's the dad who is trying the hardest to build a strong relationship, but the mother will tear it down and make the children thin think that he is a bad father. I believe it's called "The Hostile Wife Syndrome." Anybody besides me had to deal with something like that?