Men and women have different ideas about who shoulders more of the work load at home, according to a recent study. A Pew Survey, which researched 1,807 parents in the United States who have kids under 18 and are in partnerships where both parties are working, found that 56 percent of dads thought that they did as much housework as the moms.
Is there finally equality in divvying up the chores and taking care of child-rearing responsibilities? Not so fast. About half of the working moms said they do most of the domestic work, and two-thirds of them said that they took on the majority of child rearing responsibilities. Meanwhile, almost half of men said they shared equally in child rearing responsibilities, including taking time off for sick days and arranging their children's schedules.
An article in suggests that because men are doing more than their fathers did, perhaps their perception of their own effort is heightened? Or maybe the definition of "child rearing" has changed in more recent years. Whatever the case, the jury's still out for debate for who's actually pulling more of the workload. Maybe it's time for households to re-institute those chore sheets?
At least both genders agree that men are not doing more than women. Only 12 percent of dads said that they did more housework than the moms while only four percent of women thought the same.