There was a very interesting series on PBS awhile back , it was called ” Pioneer Family ” . Basically what they did was take 3 families from the city , and put each of them on a homestead in Montana . most of the families were chosen because they had teenage children that could help the adults , they were given training on how to do things , this was needed because they had to live like people did in the 1800’s , not sure how many months they had to do it , but at the end , the men hated to have to go back , but some of the women coudnt leave fast enough . The biggest reason for this , was that the women’s work was monotonous , while the men had many different things they had to do in a day . Most of the time , the women were in the kitchen , constantly cooking , one meal would be finished , then they would have to start the next one for it to be ready in time . It was never ending .