But yes, new research, published in the December 1 issue of American Sociological Review and titled “Revisiting the Gender Gap in Time-Use Patterns: Multitasking and Well-Being Among Mothers and Fathers in Dual-Earner Families," has found that moms with jobs outside the home do more juggling than dads.
This morning, as I was making my kids' lunches, fixing the typos in our blog's daily roundup, imagining the choreography I've promised for a family opera I'm performing in, taking pictures of my kindergartner's pajama day at school and preparing to talk about sexual anorexia on the radio later today, I thought my brain might explode.
But at least I'm not alone.
The Boston Globe offers anecdotes like this one for more evidence:
Joanna Chanis, 39, a small-business owner from Boston with two school-age children, described a recent evening in real time: “I’m unpacking groceries and making snacks for tomorrow and preparing dinner before the baby sitter comes because I’m going out to a Greek women’s charity meeting,’’ she said during a phone call, as she whispered to someone in the background and signed two permission slips. “I’m getting my Christmas cards organized so I can do them when I get home from the meeting, I’m wrapping presents, and I just booted up my laptop so I can do work e-mail."
This program aired on December 13, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.