Does everybody in your household have their own duties? Or is everything on your shoulders? Many working mums sadly admit the latter. After all, men are tired after work and children deserve some rest after school. But, what about working mums? They could use some rest too.
It would seem that equality between the sexes refers both to professional matters and house chores. However, it doesn’t. Women continue to fulfil the majority of house chores, because “that’s their role.” And what if a woman has a career too? Tough luck. Men still find it natural that she has to take care of the house. After all, she’s at home, so she shouldn’t feel tired.
Men do significantly fewer house chores
Even though many men claim that the division of house chores should be equal, they do very little to put such declarations into life. Studies have shown that very few men do something at home (approximately 6-7%). In addition, less than 50% of fathers spend at least an hour with their children on weekdays.
Why is the division of house chores so difficult to establish?
This is a result of a woman’s stereotype, whose role is to take care of the house because she doesn’t do anything significant at work. However, men often have to resign from their fatherly duties because very few employers agree to let them take paternity leave. This is why women have to take care of babies and automatically take all the house chores on their shoulders. This doesn’t end with the child becoming older, because the husband has got used to being a breadwinner and won’t resign this status.
Frustrated mum with two jobs
Women in the aforementioned situation become frustrated, tired and discouraged. It’s good if they can speak with their partner about this and find his understanding. However, such conversations usually end with men stating that they earn more and that they’re tired after working all day. Basically, a vicious circle. He sits on a couch watching TV and has a social life. She works, cleans, cooks, washes and helps children with their homework. Assuming that she won’t fall asleep, she still has some time for herself after midnight. So, why is she complaining?!
Author: Bien Magazine