Chore Wars: How Households Can Share the Work & Keep the Peace

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Conari Press, 1997 - House & Home - 204 pages
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A guide to domestic bliss through resolving who does what on the homefront
-- An award-winning journalist shows households how to split home management fairly

Years ago, the best-selling The Second Shift analyzed the division of domestic labor in modern households and found the situation less than equitable. With both members of many households now fully employed, housework can become a volatile subject. Jim Thornton investigates the complex psychological issues at stake and offers a step-by-step guide, to home management and the maintenance of domestic peace.

Written in a humorous style, Chore Wars is a practical guide to getting things done around the house, offering sound and sage advice to help readers understand and reconfigure their relationship to housework as well as practical tips for tackling the work in a time-saving fashion.

Aimed at any household where domestic labor is causing discord, Chore Wars offers in-depth profiles of households who have triumphed over mess -- showing how couples (gay and straight), families with children, and roommates can work together to clean and organize their living space. Thornton's solution-oriented book includes suggestions from top therapists and practical advice for "the less domestically competent".

"Excellent! Truly a marriage manual for the millennium! If I had my way, I would make it required reading for everyone issued a marriage license, or for anyone planning to live together". -- Nolan Brohaugh, Senior Associate of the Menniger Clinic

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Why Sharing Home Work Will Make Your Life Better
Chapter 2
Where Does Your Household Fall?

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About the author (1997)

James Thornton is a contributing editor to Men's Journal.

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