That seemingly never-ending, monotonous list of chores and tasks that women often do to keep their kids well and their house running smoothly is sometimes called “invisible labor.” And according to a new study, this phenomenon is leaving women feeling empty and depressed.
Almost 90% of the women interviewed for the survey said that they are solely responsible for their family’s schedule and 70% revealed that they are in charge of assigning and completing tasks around the house.
The authors of the study say that when women alone are in charge of household tasks, it causes “a certain level of misery.” Also, if a woman is solely tasked with handling the well-being of their child or children, it can lead to lower levels of happiness with their lives and their partners.
While there is a link, the authors of the study are quick to point out that being the sole caretaker can’t be proven to be the cause of unhappiness or stress. But, nevertheless, the association is there, so it is something to think about.
Bottom line: raising kids should be a collaborative effort if both parents are still in the picture. So men: pay attention and get into the game.