Why Sharing Chores Actually Reduces Stress for Working Fathers

It’s been a really interesting time over the last few months interviewing female breadwinners for my upcoming book, so I was interested to read in The Guardian that men want to be more involved in family life and domestic chores. Yes, you did read that right! It seems that although attitudes between husband and wife are changing, companies aren’t picking up on this. Women are still being held back once they have children because it is assumed that they will not be as ‘committed to the job’. Equally, men who do want to be more involved at home aren’t being given that opportunity by their employers who assume they are willing to work long hours. Based on the study, “Work Life Balance: Working for Fathers?”: the best way to de-stress a father is for his partner to share the weight of domestic burdens with him.” While no one loves housework, I assume that men know that living with a stressed woman is no fun – I once heard a male comedian joke that the best foreplay was to do the dishes and ask his wife how her day was! Growing up, my father used to joke “if momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy!” I think it is not doing  chores per se, but the impact sharing them has on the rest of the family which reduces men’s stress levels.

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