"Having a husband creates an extra seven hours a week of housework for women!" announces a press release from the University of Michigan. "A wife saves men from about an hour of housework a week!" (OK, I added the exclamation points, but you can imagine the anger and marital spats triggered by these new findings from an ongoing survey of nearly 8,000 U.S. families.) Check out the chart below.
Maybe, but not in my house. My husband spends far more time helping our three kids with homework and studying for tests than I do. He coaches their baseball team and bathes them at night when I'm making dinner. And we take turns cleaning up the kitchen depending on who gets home from work earlier. Before we had kids, I used to do a lot more housework than he did—but he was working 13-hour days at the office compared with my eight. Now, I'd say that when you lump all the child-care responsibilities in with the housework, we've got an equal split. And that's probably the case in many families. Unfortunately, this study stops at housework. I'm waiting for a more comprehensive one before I form an opinion about just how unequal things really are.
Women's Survey: Housework in Your Home
Do you do more around the house than your significant other?
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