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!
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
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.
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.