In a new study that The Boston Globe has jokingly re-titled "Tell Me About It," researchers have found that working mothers spend an average of 10 more hours per week multitasking than working fathers. The study, which was published in the journal American Sociological Review, found that working mothers spend an average of 48.3 hours of multitasking each week, juggling house work, food prep and shopping, and child care, whereas working fathers spend an average of 38.9 hours per week.
Karin Sloan, 36, a pulmonary and critical-care physician at Boston Medical Center, and the mother of two young children, also has a husband who is "very helpful,'' but like the fathers in the study, her husband does one thing at a time, she said. "He'll make dinner, and while he's doing that he's listening to his NPR on the radio. It's his time to relax.''
When she's on dinner duty, Sloan said, she's also doing laundry, dealing with work e-mails, chatting briefly with friends in an attempt to keep her personal life going, and generally sweating the details. "I'm in charge of the family schedule, which includes keeping the kids clothed and bathed, shopping for food, keeping track of the school schedule, keeping track of the nanny's schedule, making sure it's clear what days we may be home late. My husband doesn't really plan ahead.''
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