Links: 100 hour couples, the gender gap

I’m cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year, and hosting a big crew, so I’ll be signing off for a few days. In the meantime, here are a few links to my stories I’ve alluded to here in past weeks:

Fast Company: Here’s How Parents Who Work 100 Hours A Week Get Everything Done. So the title is a wee bit misleading. It’s two-income families where the *total* work hours top 100. Nonetheless, this is a round up of some of my favorite advice for making dual career family life work. Were it not for the massive click-ability of “The Norwegian Secret To Enjoying A Long Winter,” this would have been my most-shared article this month.

Fortune: There’s An Easy Way To Fix The Gender Gap At Home. Most stories on the gender gap argue that men should do more. That’s certainly noble, but a more realistic approach to evening up the division of labor is for women to do less. Certainly on housework there is no *right* amount for anyone to do. Evidence: the total hours per week spent on housework have cratered since the 1960s, and yet most people seem to be doing OK (if they are given to purchasing books on The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up).

If you’re celebrating Thanksgiving, I hope it’s a wonderfully festive one without too many dishes to do. Here’s a post I wrote several years ago on Thanksgiving and the New Home Economics. It’s a long-time favorite of mine, and sums up the differences in holiday cooking using Nov/Dec magazines from 1959 and 2009. Let’s just say 1959 involved a lot of gelatin with inclusions. Does anyone still make anything that involves putting stuff in Jell-o?

4 thoughts on “Links: 100 hour couples, the gender gap

  1. The Thanksgiving prepartion comes back to something you’ve mentioned in your writing many times. If you are choosing to make a bunch of fancy dishes that require a lot of elaborate prep-work, this qualifies as a hobby, not a requirement!

  2. I’m pretty sure that I attended a Thanksgiving at my in-laws in the early 2000s that involved jello with stuff in it. Maybe fruit and marshmallows? (possibly just fruit.)

    My list of 100 dreams h as included “bake an apple pie” for years now and we’re finally going to do it tomorrow. With the Pillsbury premade crust, but baby steps, right? 😉 We might even get all fancy and make it a lattice top.

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