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We Don't Know How She Does It. Or Do We?

If you're anything like Sarah Jessica Parker's character, Kate, in her new flick I Don't Know How She Does It?, then you're used to juggling a wide range of family and professional responsibilities, all the while waiting for something to slip through the cracks.

Married with two kids, and committed to her career in the world of finance, Kate seems as though she is constantly disappointing either her employer, her husband, and all-too-often, her children. The interesting fact that goes almost unaddressed in the film, is that although gender roles have changed, and there are 143,000 stay-at-home dads, things haven't changed all that much.

Couples may now be faced with the large task of designing their career and family lives to suit their individual preferences, but of the 51% of two-parent families composed of dual earners, shock for shock, 72% of wives employed outside of the home are still solely responsible for meal preparation, never mind the majority of housework.

When posed the question: How does she do it?, one of our readers responded with:
"I know how she does it. She is suffering a low-grade depression, but is high-functioning nonetheless. After commuting 2 1/2 hours daily to and from her job, she cooks dinner daily, chauffeurs her children to and from extra-curricular classes, and wonders why she doesn't have more time for fun. Pre-Sunday shopping era she would have crammed all of her errands into a Saturday, and wondered why she barely had the energy to carry her groceries from her car to the front door! Her children grow up, become teenagers, and tell her to "f**k-off". And she wonders who ARE these people, and why do they call her "Mom"!"

We're hoping you're a little more optimistic. What do you think, are women still responsible for the majority of family life, including meals and chores, or does it really depend on the relationship and partner you choose?

Posted by Milena Canizares
2011-09-19, 10:27:24

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