Mum and dad’s uneven share in the wash-up over chores

There’s a reason why irons and tea towels are the staple gifts for Mother’s Day – it’s because mum does the majority of the household chores, according to new research. But it’s not likely to change, because men think they are doing just as much.

Men think they are doing their equal share of work at home – even when they’re not – and it’s affecting equality in the household.

A study from the Pew Research Centre in the US found a “significant” gender gap in how mothers and fathers describe their household’s distribution of labour.

Regardless of the amount of hours they work outside the home, half of the mothers in the survey say they do more than their husbands when it comes to household chores, while only 32 per cent of fathers claim the same.

The study also shows 56 per cent of fathers say the household work is split equally, while only 46 per cent of mothers agree.

The reason for the discrepancy seems to lie in the details, the Daily Life reports.

While men may be getting better at doing their equal share of physical activities, like cooking and playing with the kids, mums are still doing the more routine tasks such as managing weekly schedules or keeping tabs on when the milk or toilet paper needs replacing.

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The result is that more than 41 per cent of women say that being a parent has made it harder for them to advance in their career, while only 20 per cent of men say the same.

The survey, which also found that mothers do more of the household work when children are sick, was conducted among 1800 parents with children under 18.

So, dads, next time you’re putting away the vacuum cleaner, keep on a roll and check the sink to see if there’s some dishes to be done.

Perhaps to help lighten the load on mum and dad, have a read of our helpful post about when it’s appropriate to let the kids do some chores.

How do the domestic duties get shared at your place? Have you come up with a fair system we should know about? Please share with us!

(via Daily Life)

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