Household Chores...or How to Improve Your Sex Life!
The other day, we were discussing the division of labor when it comes to doing household chores. Trudy stated that she got up in the morning, made breakfast, got the kids organized for school, went to work, came home and put the washing on, prepared dinner, did some cleaning and then relaxed watching some TV before collapsing in bed and doing the same thing the next day. My friend Ben's day was a little different. He got up, went downstairs and ate breakfast, went to work, stopped in at the local bar for one or two quick beers with some collegues, came home and ate dinner then relaxed in front of the TV before going to bed. It just so happens that this couple are married so it was clear who was doing all the chores in their house! I asked Ben how he thought he contributed to the house and he said simply "I'm the breadwinner" This answer started a lively debate between everyone on how our roles have changed in society.
“Where is the time to do household stuff? In the morning I am getting ready for work and in the evening I am at a bar drinking before I have to race home in time for dinner! Seriously Ria, where is time?᾿ went Ben. Then he got interrupted by Eric, who said he often ran around picking up the dry cleaning or helped out bathing the kids and putting them to bed. He was even know to put a load of washing in the machine AND hang it out to dry!
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“It's only fair, after all, we both work and we are a team, if I can help out it means that my wife gets more free time....free time that she can spend with me" said Eric, grinning at his wife with that "You know what we are gonna do later" look on his face!
Now listening into this conversation, I could see that whilst Trudy did most of the chores in the house automatically, she did actually resent it and I seriously doubt Ben was getting half the action that Eric was :)
Maybe men just don’t like to admit publicly that they do ‘womanly’ chores (as our chauvinists dub them), being the optimist that I am I hope that these days most men think like Eric. I know his wife really appreciates it when he cooks one of his famous Italian Sausage and Spaghetti dinners while she puts her feet up and relaxes. I think it makes them stronger and happier as a couple, each of them making home a nice place to be.
Poor Ben must have taken a lot of what was said to heart as I am sure he felt a little like a Neanderthal because the next week Trudy called me and said
“You are never going to believe this! Ben's doing all the washing now and he's even helping me get the kids organized in the mornings!"
So why this sudden change in Ben? Did he just feel guilty and wanted to look better in his wife's eyes? Was he really totally oblivious to everything that was going on around him and thought the house was cleaned by the housecleaning fairy? Did the smile on Eric's face make him realise he was missing out on a little something something?
Eric and his wife seemed to me, to be a lot happier and grounded as a couple and this seems to extend to the bedroom...so what do you think? Does having a partner who helps around the house really improve your sex life?
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