OK, ladies, consider this your warning: This Friday, Sept. 6, is National Lazy Mom's Day. That means you have complete permission (from whoever made up the random holiday) to put work aside, whether it's finishing that report at the office or folding that load of laundry sitting in the dryer since last weekend.
National Lazy Mom’s Day occurs annually on the first Friday in September.
Moms around the country view this day in different ways. While many might view it as a holiday from laundry, dishes, carpools and bathroom cleaning, others might see it as a day to take a vacation day from work (the kids are now back at school, so you have the house to yourself!).
Take a break. Delegate the chores. Place a moratorium on family feuds.
And it's a welcome break for some. As far back as 1989, authors Arlie Russell Hochschild and Anne Machung noted in the book "The Second Shift" that while women were making strides in the workplace, the majority were still carrying the mental load at home — scheduling doctors appointments for the kids, organizing carpools, sending birthday cards and buying Christmas presents, along with more than their share of the housework.
Since 1989, progress has been made with a greater number of men splitting household chores, but there is still an imbalance. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, on an average day, 20 percent of men report doing some kind of housework, compared to 49 percent of women.
According to the Money magazine article "The Invisible Workload that Drags Women Down," sociologist Susan Walzer studied 23 young couples and found "women do more of the intellectual, mental, and emotional work of childcare and household maintenance. They do more of the learning and information processing, like researching pediatricians. They do more worrying (like wondering if their child is hitting his developmental milestones). And they do more organizing and delegating (like deciding when the mattress needs to be flipped or what to cook for dinner)."
However, author Josh Levs points out that men are also dragged down by a mental workload and get less sleep than women worrying about money and providing for their families.
So maybe the key is this: This Friday, moms and dads can both practice being a little lazy.
Brush off the TV remote, let the dirty dishes crust over in the sink and the clothes wrinkle in the dryer. They'll be there in the morning, unless the kids decide to take over. We won't hold our breath.
Other holidays this week
- Monday, Sept. 2: Labor Day
- Tuesday, Sept. 3: U.S. Bowling League Day
- Wednesday, Sept. 4: Newspaper Carrier Day
- Thursday, Sept. 5: Cheese Pizza Day
- Friday, Sept. 6: Coffee Ice Cream Day
- Saturday, Sept. 7: Beer Lover's Day
- Sunday, Sept. 8: Grandparents Day