Why doing ‘his’ and ‘her’ household chores doesn’t work

  • Melissa Petro is a freelance writer based in New York where she lives with her husband and two small children. 
  • In their marriage, Petro says she and her husband found themselves dividing household chores into stereotypically male and female responsibilities — and then struggled with what felt like unequal workloads.
  • Petro says her chores of cooking and cleaning felt like more because they’re done on a regular basis, while her husband’s responsibilities of mowing the lawn and taking out the trash were more infrequent.
  • During the pandemic, the couple has made an effort to divide chores more evenly using a family to-do list, which has made running their home more of a team effort.
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