when she heads out the door:
When it comes to housework, women have long been martyrs - and men have long been absent.
Not any more, it seems. Today's mothers are so busy they can squeeze in only four hours of housework a week - half the time they managed 30 years ago, according to a survey yesterday.
The main reason is longer office hours and hectic social schedules cutting the time available for vacuuming, dusting, washing and cleaning.
But, according to the research, it appears that men have also begun to take on a fairer share of the domestic chores than they once did.