How to Be a Good House Husband

by Jennifer Erchul

House husbands take care of domestic tasks while their wives work.

Steven Errico/Digital Vision/Getty Images

Items you will need

  • Daily planner
  • Cleaning supplies

Women comprised 46.8 percent of the total U.S. labor force and are projected to account for 46.9 percent of the labor force in 2018, according to the United States Department of Labor. This means that more men are sharing or taking over household duties and childcare. While there are several manuals and articles aimed at how to be a good house wife, there are not many instructions for how to be a good house husband. That’s because both roles are essentially the same. The person who stays at home is generally responsible for household chores, child rearing and day-to-day family life.

Step 1

Figure out a daily routine. If you have children to tend to, include their activities in your routine. Determine when the ironing, vacuuming, waking the kids and walking the dog should occur during the day. Figure in drive-time to kids activities and wait time for school drop-off and pick-up.

Step 2

Write your routine in a daily planner, up to a month in advance. Include medical appointments, play dates and field trips that you’re attending.

Step 3

Read your daily planner each night before you go to bed, so you know what to expect the next day. Read your daily planner each morning so you don’t miss something. Follow your written schedule and complete each task.

Step 4

Clean on a regular basis. Vacuum, dust and wipe off bathroom vanities at least a few times a week, if not daily. Scrub toilets, tubs and sinks at least once a week, more often if they need it. Do the laundry as needed, which includes sorting, washing, drying, folding and putting it away.

Step 5

Maintain the household budget. Manage the mail, pay the bills and respond to party invitations.

Step 6

Write a weekly menu and grocery shop according to the plan. Cook homemade, healthy meals and prepare healthy snacks for the family. The occasional pizza or quick fast-food meal is fine, but don’t rely on them for most of your meals.

Step 7

Stay busy. Do not play video games, watch television or surf the web unless it’s on your daily planner and you’ve completed your other responsibilities. As a house husband, your job is to maintain the household and keep it running smoothly.

Tips

  • Talk openly with your spouse about struggles, frustrations or concerns you have about the house, your duties or the children. Schedule some personal time, whether you go the gym or meet some friends for lunch.

Photo Credits

  • Steven Errico/Digital Vision/Getty Images

About the Author

Jennifer Erchul has been a freelance writer since 2002. Writing primarily about family and travel, her work has appeared in the "Idaho State Journal," "Portnuef Valley Parents Magazine" and "Western Flyfisher." She writes for numerous websites and is a published author. Erchul studied English and psychology at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn.