I think people also underestimate how things have changed.
Time is money, we all know that. In our modern society, we buy a lot more things from the store. That means we spend a lot less time producing things that directly meet our own basic needs and more time getting the money to pay for other people to produce those things.
If you read a lot of older literature, particularly about rural or pioneer families, you’ll see that they were expecting to produce most of their goods at home. They bought cloth, but they sewed their own clothes, stuffed their own mattresses, butchered their own animals, made their own bread and butter, preserved their harvest and slaughter for storage, and so forth. The true stay-at-home housewife had a million things to manufacture that we would now buy at the store. Just like her husband, especially if they were a farming family - he raised and milked and slaughtered their own animals, sowed and reaped their own corn, picked the rocks out of their own field, built their own furniture. He almost certainly didn’t go out to a job for 8 hours a day and then come home and kick up his feet.
That of course has to be balanced with how much other things have changed, particularly regarding children. We’re expecting children now to be in formal education up to age 18, and that they leave the house soon after. Whereas in those pioneer days those children might have been working out in the field or soothing infants or darning socks.