Division of labor in your household?

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Division of labor in your household?
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Sun, 03-24-2013 - 9:27am

How does it break down in your household?

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Wed, 03-27-2013 - 2:11pm

lifespeachy wrote:
The breakdown is really fluid. I do the majority of school pick up & drop offs, b/c I am more available than hubby, but if he is around, it could be either one of us. In theory, I cook three or four nights a week, the kids have two nights, and hubby has a night or two, but the reality is, that much of it is done together, and schedules chance the game all.the.time. Hubby does most of the banking, we shop together, kids do garbage, set & clear table, and are responsible for their own rooms and bathrooms. I usually load dinner dishes in the dishwasher, and everyone loads their own for all other meals. The dishwaher gets run by the last person leaving the house (or to fix breakfast) in the mornings, the kids empty it after school. Hubby cleans his office, I usually clean our room (only b/c I care about the condition it's in...hubby couldn't care less. Everyone does their own laundry. We all do yard work, hubby often takes the cars in for routine maintenance, but if I'm in town and it needs done, I will do it. We both pump gas. Did I cover most of it?

"Fluid" is describing us more and more.  DH hates to cook, but he can't drive at night anymore, and in the last couple of years when the younger kid has needed to be driven somewhere after sunset, I've had to do the driving, and DH has learned to operate the stove. ;-).   The younger one is finally getting his license in the next few weeks, so I'll probably be back on full time dinner duty soon.

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Wed, 03-27-2013 - 2:04pm

I forgot about the lawn.  We have a service for that.  In the rare event that we need snow removal I do it, but usually I just wait it out, since around here it's usually gone within a few hours anyway. 


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Tue, 03-26-2013 - 1:27am
The breakdown is really fluid. I do the majority of school pick up & drop offs, b/c I am more available than hubby, but if he is around, it could be either one of us. In theory, I cook three or four nights a week, the kids have two nights, and hubby has a night or two, but the reality is, that much of it is done together, and schedules chance the game all.the.time. Hubby does most of the banking, we shop together, kids do garbage, set & clear table, and are responsible for their own rooms and bathrooms. I usually load dinner dishes in the dishwasher, and everyone loads their own for all other meals. The dishwaher gets run by the last person leaving the house (or to fix breakfast) in the mornings, the kids empty it after school. Hubby cleans his office, I usually clean our room (only b/c I care about the condition it's in...hubby couldn't care less. Everyone does their own laundry. We all do yard work, hubby often takes the cars in for routine maintenance, but if I'm in town and it needs done, I will do it. We both pump gas. Did I cover most of it?
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Mon, 03-25-2013 - 8:20pm

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Mon, 03-25-2013 - 6:04pm

Me:  Meal planning, cooking, clean up after cooking, pay bills, Shopping for clothes/gifts, keep track of schedules & making appointments

We both load & unload the dishes

Dh:  Food shopping, Laundry, Vacuuming, snow removal, lawnwork, car maintenance, most of the errands

Kids: Yard pick up of dogs, clean their rooms, put all their own laundry away, some laundry folding, whatever cleaning tasks they are assigned.

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Mon, 03-25-2013 - 3:58pm

I do all the cooking, grocery shopping, cleaning, and bill paying. The kids keep their rooms clean, the loft area upstairs clean, take out trash/recycling, and general dog care. DH travels and has very long hours so he just pitches in as needed. We have gardener who does the lawn. 

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Registered: 02-20-2013
Mon, 03-25-2013 - 11:58am

lauren1063 wrote:
<p>I do most of it.  Joel does a lot but there are some things that he is physically unable to do.  He can't get into our laundry room, which is where the litter box is, so laundry and cat poop are all mine.  Which is fine...I don't mind the cat poop and I can not <strong>stand</strong> for anyone else to do my laundry. </p>

I'm particular about my laundry, too, Lauren. 

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Registered: 11-22-2000
Mon, 03-25-2013 - 11:19am

I do most of it.  Joel does a lot but there are some things that he is physically unable to do.  He can't get into our laundry room, which is where the litter box is, so laundry and cat poop are all mine.  Which is fine...I don't mind the cat poop and I can not stand for anyone else to do my laundry. 


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Sun, 03-24-2013 - 8:27pm

cruisingchick20111 wrote:
No real break down. If something needs to be done, it gets done.

Is this something new?  I thought you have always said that you are so particular that you do most of the work but your dh "helps" from time to time and that you go behind your children and redo what they do to bring it up to "your" standards.

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Sun, 03-24-2013 - 8:27pm
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