By The Wiz
There is an interesting article in the NY Times, basically saying that dads are stressed too. And well, yeah, I could have told you that. I watched a news report about it fully 8 years ago in one of my college classes, that basically said: Wow! Men are having trouble balancing work and home life, just like women! And apparently, it’s still news. I guess Father’s Day was a slow news day for the NYT.
Um, well, I guess you can talk about it if you want, it’s a free country. But what really struck me was a line in there that said something to the effect of, if both parents work outside the home, the wife does 28 hours of housework every week. 28 HOURS a week, or 4 hours every day.
Seriously? The mind boggles. I don’t work outside the home, and there is no way I spend anywhere close to four hours a day cleaning my home. And I time it in 15 minute increments (the one thing I took from my FlyLady days) so I’m pretty aware of how much time I spend - usually an hour, not counting laundry. That’s just if I’m not in the middle of a book. And I know I’m a crappy housekeeper, but still.
Now, that’s not counting laundry, or random pick ups throughout the day. Maybe if I added it all up…..Nah. Nowhere near. Folding laundry takes one episode of Angel, and that’s because I’m going slowly, because hello, Angel is on.
Of course, my house is not spotless, and yes, it could use more attention - my floors especially. But wow - 4 hours a day, especially if everyone has been out of the house for 8+ hours for a full work day, seems excessive. (No kids in the house all day? And it still needs 4 hours? Are you scrubbing your garage floor or something?)
I have reached the hopeful conclusion that everyone lied on the survey to make themselves look better. Please tell me you don’t do that much housework, or that if you do, your house is rather large, or you have OCD, or something. Make me feel better about my slovenliness. Or take me to task about how I should do more. I’m tough. I can handle it.
But if you were answering the question on a survey - how many hours a week do you spend on housework, what would be your reply? And would you lie about it? (I totally would if it wasn’t anonymous. Heck, I’m here most of the time. What else am I doing? Blogging?)
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