We’ve come a long way: Nearly 40 percent of families have a female breadwinner, more than half a million dads stay home with the kids (both according to Pew) and even princes -- new daddy Prince William, natch -- change diapers.
But have school-related chores bridged the gender gap? Our new back-to-school survey suggests we’re getting there, but we still have a ways to go. In our poll, we found that while about half of moms (51 percent) feel their spouse does his part when it comes to school responsibilities, the other half percent would like their husband to pull more weight.
If you’re the one doing the heavy lifting, you know that helping with homework, signing permission slips, packing lunch, remembering what goes in the backpack each day and other assorted school minutia add up to a large chunk of the evening (not to mention a large chunk of brain real estate keeping track of it all).
Homework, in particular, can be an unpleasant, naggy time suck, so it’s no surprise that of those who want their partners to do more, two-thirds (66 percent) want to share in the homework help. Nearly half (45 percent) would like a hand in getting kids out the door in the morning, while a quarter (26 percent) would like dads to spend more time attending school events and parent-teacher conferences. Only a fifth wanted help packing lunch.
Does your husband pitch in with school responsibilities? How do you split it up?