Womens’ housework hours down to four a week

How much housework do you do?

WASHING, VACUUMING, CLEANING, ironing? No thanks! These days, women only do four hours of housework a week, a new study has revealed.

Today’s mothers are so busy with longer office hours and hectic social schedules, they can only just fit in four hours housework a week – half as much as 30 years ago.

Even with men helping out more than they used to, women simply don’t have the time to be archetypal Fifties housewives.

Denise Tyler, who runs the website mother@work, which gives tips and advice to working mums, said modern mothers faced different pressures to those 30 years ago.

‘I don’t think women are necessarily doing less housework, we now have much better cleaning products and machines to make everything more speedy,’ she told the Daily Mail.

‘Women are learning not to sweat the small stuff. It’s not as important today to get your carpets gleaming as it is to spending time with your children.’

She added: ‘Despite men taking on more responsibility in the home, it’s still women who take on the primary care role.

‘Although the traditional 1950s mum doesn’t exist anymore, women still face the same difficulties, they just solve them in different ways.’

The Pot Noodle survey of 2,000 women, half of whom gave birth in the Seventies, and half in the last ten years, also highlighted the changing face of motherhood in the last 30 years.

Mothers today are more likely to be unmarried, older, and less inclined to give up work and become full-time mums.

The average age for having children in 1977 was 23, whie a quarter of parents are now waiting until they’re over 30 to start a family. While 45% of women now have children before walking up the aisle, 30 years ago, 82% were married before giving birth.

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