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Why You Can Finally End The Housework War

When you live with a romantic partner, you take your cue from the birds and the bees. Similarly, when you divvy up the household chores, look specifically at the bees. Entomologists have found that when a lazy bee is paired up with a worker bee, the latter might even work itself to death to make up for the honey shortage. Since studies show that women tend to bear a disproportionate load of the housework, it is a given that a relationship might be stressed if one member tends to be a shirker while the other an over-doer.

However, people are not like insects programmed by instinct to work themselves to death. Humans use language to communicate their dissatisfaction about the different thresholds for household chores. This is the language of conflict which usually leads to repetitive arguing. Therefore ideally, before you cohabit, you discuss core values like sex, children, pets, religion and money to see if these are not deal breakers. Well, now add household chores to the list! And if you are already together, itís not too late to renegotiate.

You need to know the following facts according to Sarah Riforgiate, professor of communication studies at Kansas State University:

The strategy for a happy life together with less strife

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