Housework inequality: Should men do more or should we all do less?

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  • Big C Murray, UT
    Dec. 13, 2013 10:58 p.m.

    As a single mother, I work full time to provide for my family. Besides the actual 40 hours spent AT work, add commute time, getting ready (packing meals and bags for the next day, etc.) about 15 hours get sucked away in addition to those 40. That is just Monday through Friday. Weekends are crammed with errands and my new attempt at going back to church on Sundays. But utmost importantly is spending quality time with my child. Everything else takes a distant second place. Housework usually falls dead last. Sure, I sigh in resignation to the dust bunnies and clutter. I long for a spotless house. But at what cost? I admit I do the bare minimum as far as keeping things hygeinic and sanitary, but that is all I can get around to. I think everyone could get by with doing less housework when there are other, more important priorities. My child is happy and thriving. So are the dust bunnies!

  • Danny Chipman Lehi, UT
    Dec. 13, 2013 11:00 a.m.

    I don't have that much of a problem with my husband not helping out with housework. I figure, he already has to go to work and go to school, and then there's time with the family. I'm okay if he just takes out the trash once in a while and puts the dinner leftovers away. On weekends, however, I expect a more even ratio. After all, for Mom, there's no such thing as a day off.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    Dec. 13, 2013 10:42 a.m.

    This is a bizarre article.

    To begin with nothing is said about differences in the level of female versus male employment in the studies mentioned. Some mothers actually remain at home and many men work long hours. I think that someone is just "stirring the pot" yet again.

    For those wives and mothers who still perform traditional functions at home and do not try to hold down a job additionally the situation is far different from that in which both partners work full time and then share domestic duties.

    For the domestic wife and mother the situation has improved for most. I say that because since my mother was wife and homemaker the average woman has chosen to have less children and has many labor-saving devices. Otoh, she may live in a larger home requiring more floors to keep clean etc.

    Even so I will share with you the fact that my father, who in those days worked a basic work week of 44 or 48 hours, sometimes with overtime additionally required, still, on weekends, he held the fort while Mom went shopping and to the movies on Saturdays, and brought Mom breakfast in bed on Sundays.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Dec. 13, 2013 7:44 a.m.

    I don't Know about any one but what goes on in my house. When Momma Ain't Happy No-one Is. I thought that's the law of the land.