Monday, December 17, 2007

A Tip on Increasing Domestic Bliss

From Scotland's The Sunday Herald comes an article that might not insure domestic bliss but might help some: Houseproud husbands can help cut the divorce rate.

"While the man of the house might take a lead role in preparing Christmas lunch, what counts for a happy relationship is a year-round commitment to housework, according to research."

Families in which the man does his fair share of the domestic chores are less likely to end in divorce than those in which the man puts his feet up while his partner does the work.

Modern relationships with both partners as breadwinners are put under strain when the woman is also expected to take on the traditional unpaid roles of homemaker and primary carer.

"Families in which men engage in housework are less likely to divorce," said Dr Wendy Sigle-Rushton of the London School of Economics and a member of the Gender Equality Network.

"This suggests that the active involvement of men in housework can offset the effect women's employment may have on the likelihood of divorce.

"When men take on domestic work, the likelihood decreases to a similar level to that found in couples with a traditional division of labour. What explains the link between women's employment and divorce is the inequality in the division of both paid and unpaid labour."

Think about it. I have and I think the researchers are onto something.

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