According to a new work/life balance study of 1,100 Brits, men are happiest "when they do more of the housework themselves, spend longer with their children and have working partners who are in the office just as long as they are," says a report in The Guardian. Eighty-two percent of full-time working men want more time with their families. What's preventing this scenario? Employers, who are ignoring the fact that family dynamics are changing.
As Apartment Therapy notes, anecdotal evidence indicates the same is true in the United States. Here's what the commenters had to say:
- There is nothing sexier than a man with a vacuum cleaner . . . .;)
- I think Dads are happier after doing more chores because Moms are happier when Dads are doing more chores, unhappier when they're doing less. Dads' happiness in doing chores comes from marital harmony.
- And one lucky commenter is in a household that divides the work evenly. "I believe that the desire to be useful and feel helpful is seen across genders. In my house my partner and I share the work load. In fact, when I seem to be cleaning too much he complains that he feels like he isn't doing his fair share. I can't imagine living in a house where I was expected to pull 95-100% of the chores.
What say you, NYC life partners?