Sheila Lirio Marcelo is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Care.com. Care.com is the world’s largest online destination for finding and managing family care, helping families find babysitters, nannies, senior caregivers, pet sitters, housekeepers, and more!
I was recently interviewed for Cookie Magazine and one of the questions was how Ron (my husband) and I divide up our chores and other family responsibilities. We don’t always agree, but after 18 years we’ve gotten into a routine. However, I do still hear these sorts of funny comments from girlfriends (keeping all sources anonymous, of course!):
“My definition of clean is just different from my husband’s.” “I really have two jobs—at work and a special title at home: Chief Household Officer.” Says one working mom, “I wish I had my own ‘housewife… No, house-husband!”
Does that sound familiar to you?
Ron and I have learned how to split up the duties at home—not that we haven’t had our fair share of conflicts along the way! Now we have a system for sharing the workload when it comes to the kids, my parents, our dogs, and our home.
For me: I do the bills (although this past year, we’ve started doing it together—progress!), wash laundry, manage the kids’ activity schedule, organize the family calendar, care for my parents, and hire care providers for the kids and home. And, like most wives, I give Ron friendly reminders to do his share—I’m sure he thinks I’m “nagging.”
Ron’s responsibilities: He takes care of all of Adam’s sports activities (he actually coaches every team our little guy plays on: lacrosse, baseball, and football), does trash detail, walks the dogs, and keeps track of car maintenance.
And we do share some other responsibilities like cooking, washing the dishes, grocery shopping, errands, and home maintenance.
Over the years, we’ve hammered out a good balance of how to divide the chores, but it’s never easy to do. And it seems especially difficult when it comes to the dreaded cleaning tasks!
Recently, I came across a book that takes the chore battle to another level—I’d Trade My Husband for a Housekeeper. The book is a marriage guide to life after children, but the tongue-in-cheek title caught my attention and gave me the idea for our next blog giveaway…
We want to know what would you trade for a housekeeper? Would you give up your favorite pair of jeans? Would you swap a beloved photo album for some outside help? Would you actually trade your hubby (maybe that’s too extreme!)?
Let us know what you’d trade for a housekeeper and why!
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