Most modern couples have been compelled to work two or more jobs for better and to keep up dignified living standards, but for many, the real challenge has not just been about raising kids, but also, work-household chores conflicts.
‘Time’s wing chariot’ carries change, and current economic trends have forced married couples to work two or more jobs to ensure a decent life, but for many of these couples, the challenge has not just been about raising their children, but also the unequal involvement of household chores.
This often results in work-family conflicts, which greatly threatens the survival of the relationship, if both parties fail to determine each partner’s strengths and weaknesses, and more importantly, if a partner continuously refuses to compromise.
Socially defined gender roles have for centuries influenced how couples share domestic chores, with women expected to take charge of housekeeping roles including cleaning and kitchen related duties.
While a partner may experience conflict between work and home roles due to limited time, high levels of stress and competing behavioral expectations, most men have been oriented to believe that it is the woman’s ‘responsibility’ to carry out housekeeping duties, even when both partners have greatly engaging jobs.
But among most modern families, the lack of proper segmentation and comprise have created work-family conflicts and sometimes led to a divorce.
So whose duty is it to undertake household chores?
Traditionally, women in Ghana are expected to take charge of household chores.
But this is not the same for most modern families, men are expected to be equal players to create a balance and for a relationship to thrive.
Indeed, many modern women are demanding either bluntly that their partners help with household including kitchen duties.
While work-household chores conflicts have been fueled by several factors including the difference in backgrounds, couples must learn to compromise to help sustain their relationship.
However, the decision regarding defining and sharing household chores solely relies on a couple.
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