I read an article this week that claims men are more likely than women to feel the strain of juggling their work and home lives.
It seems that while women are generally quite happy with the balance they havebetween the two, men find it more difficult to cope. What was even more interesting was the article below that claimed women spend an average of six hours a week more on household chores.
So how can that be the case? I guess it probably comes back to the idea that women are better time managers than men, meaning that we may juggle more day-to-day, but we handle it better.
In our house, I think it’s fair to say I do more housework than my other half. On a weekend it’s pretty even-stevens and we tackle the ‘big tidy-up’ together. Therefore, my theory is that these extra six hours must be accrued during the week. For example, if I’m home first after a long day at work, I’ll stack the dishwasher, make the bed, run the hoover around, empty the cat’s litter trays, plump the sofa cushions and light some candles before Adam comes through the door. If he’s home first he’ll sink onto the settee, flick on the TV and pick up his iPad to check his emails or browse Twitter. It’s here that I’ll find him when I get home, sat in the dark, no lamps lit with his shoes and coat often still on.
But this sexism thing goes both ways, which is why I don’t protest too loudly. Yes, I might end up making the bed or cleaning the bathrooms more than him, but that’s why I get to leave the recycling stacked up by the back door (I’d never dream of taking it out to the bin - that’s man terrain). Likewise, I never refill my car’s windscreen wash, carry things up to the loft, assemble furniture or change lightbulbs and tax discs.
Sexist? I guess so, but it works for us.