Chase your mother out of the kitchen

“A mother. She really has her work cut out for her, she does not lack work. says the narrator of a episode from 1964 of the RTS.

In black and white, we see a woman cutting bread for her three boys. This act has been the same for generations. No matter what’s going on in the world, no matter what crisis comes our way, someone always has to cook supper.

Even today in Switzerland, it is more often mothers who prepare meals for their families. In 2018, meal preparation was mainly done by the woman in two-thirds of couples between 25 and 54 with children, according to the Federal Statistical Office (FSO). This job, of course, falls entirely to single mothers. Additionally, for families facing financial hardship, mothers have the added burden of stretching limited resources to feed their families.

In 2020, women spend almost 8 hours per week preparing meals, men 4.5 hours.

If you regularly cook for your family, you know that it takes a lot of time and adds to the “mental load”. In 2020, women spend almost 8 hours a week preparing meals, men 4.5 hours, according to a survey carried out by the OFS.

Even though the time men devote to domestic and family chores has increased in recent decades, women generally continue to cook more and more.

However, it should be borne in mind that 78% of mothers work part-time, compared to 12% of fathers (2019 figures). But maybe with the pandemic, men are playing a bigger role in the kitchen. I hope they continue to take on these responsibilities in the future, contributing to an accumulated equality at home.

As Mother’s Day approaches, why not give your mom or wife a break from preparing meals? She will definitely appreciate it. Especially since while you’re eating a slice of braid on Sunday morning, she’s probably already thinking about what to cook the next day.

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