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Survey Shows Dads Think They Split the Housework 50-50—Ha!

A new survey about parents' work and family life shows most dads think they split the housework evenly with their wives, but moms disagree.

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My husband does the dishes every night after dinner and I love him for it. What I don't love is thet fact that he thinks he's the ONLY one who ever does the dishes.

"I did the dishes again!" he proudly announced last night while I sat at the kitchen table helping my kids with homework. "OMG whatever!" my 10-year-old responded. "Mommy does the dishes, like, a million times a day!"

Oh, snap!

And on a totally unrelated note, that kid is so getting a raise in his allowance!

Needless to say, I wasn't all that surprised to hear about a new study that shows dads think they do more work around the house than they actually do.

Pew researchers asked 1,807 parents questions about work and family life, including questions about both domestic chores and child rearing. Here's what they found: While both parents were most likely to admit that moms take on more of the child-rearing tasks, dads often think they're splitting household chores 50-50 when they're not.

You don't say!

Half of the mothers in the survey said they did more than their husbands when it came to household chores, while only 32 percent of fathers claimed the same. But a whopping 56 percent of fathers said the household work was split equally, with only 46 pecent of mothers agreeing.

So who's right? Sorry Dads, but in two career families, the study shows moms spend an extra hour caring for kids and dads spend an extra hour at work. Why the disconnect? Perhaps it's because while men may be getting better at doing their equal share of physical activities, like cooking, washing the dishes, and playing with the kids, moms still pick up the slack when it comes to menial taks like scheduling doctor's appointments, driving carpool, packing lunches, and taking care of kids on sick days. As a result, more than 41 percent of women say being a parent has "made it harder for them to advance in their career," while only 20 percent of men said the same.

Click here to read the survey in it's entirety.

Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and a mom. Check out her website holleeactmanbecker.com for more, and follow her on Twitter at @holleewoodworld.