In our house we seemed to have just naturally shared out the household chores. There are some I always do and some my wife always does. This is purely by accident and not design.
My wife is definitely the cook in our house. Yes I can cook, but I will admit I am very basic with my cooking. My wife however, is much more inventive and cooks delicious meals with lots of imagination. Although, I do a very mean barbecue, if I do say so myself.
My wife pointing out the oven to me!
I definitly have a element of OCD. I really don’t like mess and unfortunately I need to tidy toys away regularly! Using the hoover is actually a passion of mine and I hate looking at dirty dishes. My wife does all of these chores, but I would admit it’s something I probably do more of.
There is one job that my wife in truth never does though and that is washing our clothes. Why? Who knows! In truth she jokes and says, washing machine, what’s that? Where is it?!
That’s me showing her the washing machine!
A few days ago I went to London for the day to attend the Dad Network Live and every now and again I would check in to make sure everything was ok with my wife and the kids.
On one particular phone call my wife asked me where the washing powder was. I explained that it’s now liquid, not powder and to fill the lid of the container and pop it in with the clothes and that’s it.
I did also just mention to my wife to re-spin the clothes a second time on the number eight setting as the washing machine is old and doesn’t always spin that well. Big mistake!
I came home that night and noticed that the clothes were still in the washing machine. Not to worry I thought I will get them out in the morning.
So the following morning arrives and I went to hang the clothes outside as it was a beautiful sunny day. I opened the door to pull the clothes out and thought my goodness they are dry and realised they hadn’t been washed!
What my wife had done was just put them on a spin cycle without actually washing them first! I think the number eight had stuck in her head and this has proved without a doubt that I’m better off doing this particular household chore!
In our home we share the household chores and do many of them as a team, but we excel at different things around the home. Saying that my wife is more than capable of putting a flat pack bookcase together as I am washing, drying and brushing the girls hair after a bath.
I also believe that I destroy the myth that husbands/dads are useless at household chores. I’m sure we are equal to mums/wives easily. Also a very important lesson that our children see, is that dads and mums can do the household chores equally so they don’t grow up believing that male and females have certain roles to play within the home and then their generation will take a step further to breaking down the barriers of gender stereotyping.
How does it work in your home? I would love to know.
Are you breaking down the gender stereotypical roles that women and men have had in the past, we are,because we are a modern household removing these old fashioned gender roles. Is yours?