My husband is not only a caring, involved, hands-on
Dad, he is also the kind of guy who rolls up his sleeves and cleans toilets. And
vacuums and mops and dusts. You name it: he'll clean it. He even scrubs the mold from the
tile grout in the shower.
The bottom line — he works hard outside of the home as well
as in it.
results demonstrated what we all know to be true — actions speak louder than
words. Even when fathers endorsed gender equality, daughters envisioned themselves in
conventionally female roles in homes where a more traditional division of labor existed.
If there are greater benefits to hubby pulling out the vacuum, it’s just a bonus.
I hadn’t put much thought into how my husband’s helping
around the house influenced my daughter. I focused more on the ways it
Our 6-year-old daughter’s current career aspirations? To
be a zoo veterinarian. Hmmmm. Our family dynamic seems to fit the ideal model the study
There has been criticism of the research results. Some have
claimed to debunk it entirely. Detractors claim the study sample was too small and uniform,
and that other predictors of career choice were ignored.
I don’t really care if it is true or not. If there are
greater benefits to hubby pulling out the vacuum, it’s just a bonus. The
approach to housework we have in place is what works for our family. We didn’t
need research to endorse it.
For me, personally, what is more important than our daughter
taking note of who is doing more around the house is that she views my husband
and me as loving partners. In the way we parent, the way we manage our home and
the way we live.