We often take for granted the technology available to us today that many before us lived without. There are many things about our modern day lives that make them very different from the way life was not that long ago. Looking at the infographic below from BudgetDirect, consider how many aspects of our homes have changed throughout the years. In the 19th century wood-burning stoves were used to heat the home while today we use programmable thermostats. Wooden ice boxes were used as refrigerators up until the early 1900’s. The first vacuum cleaner, invented in 1899, was a horse-drawn, gas powered system that charged $4 a visit. Laundry was done with a tub of hot water and a wash board. These are just a few of the ways the comforts of home have advanced over the years.
Technology is not the only thing that has changed over the years. As progress in some areas has been made, society has also changed along with the typical family roles. While technology should be making the job of a typical Mom much easier, it seems that as some aspects of life get easier, the average Mom takes on more tasks. In the past, the typical Mom’s duties included cooking, cleaning, hemming and folding the laundry as well as raising the children. Today’s average workload, including duties at both work and home, would require eight of these “past Moms” to complete the job of one modern day Mom. Check below for other fun facts about how families have changed over the years.
- In 1970 the average age for a first time Mom was 21, today the average age is 25
- In the 1700’s the average family size included 7-10 kids
- In the 1950’s the typical family was 3.5 kids as compared to 2 today
- In 1976 31% of Moms with a child under age 1 worked, today it is 55%