US Census Strikes again
The US Census released today some facts for
features on Father's Day for the media to use in
their yearly father's day stories. Some of the
interesting numbers here.
There are estimated to be 66.3 million fathers
in the United States today. (not published yet in
the census website).
The description the US Newswire press services
used is "Mr Mom", when they reported on the census
figures on at-home dads. I won't whine about the
term but wasn't that movie over 20 years ago?
Anyhow they have pegged the number of us (with kids
under 15) at 105,000 and we are caring for 189,000
Now this is where I get confused..the next item
on the press release is a figure of 2 million
preschoolers "whose fathers care for them more
hours than any other child-care provider while
their mothers are at work." mmm now we have 105,000
dads caring for 2 million preschoolers. That
averages out to 20 kids per father doesn't it?
Now, take a look at the raw numbers where these
reports come from (they are from 1999 by the way).
I bet you won't last 5 minutes looking at these.
Back in 1996 I met Lynne Casper of the Census with
the 1993 numbers and she had figures including all
dads working or not caring for kids under 15 and
came up with nearly 2 million at-home dads. I used
the 2 million number in my newsletter and in media
interviews. Since then the number has sprouted
wings and has been used extensively by the print
& TV media. Judging from the new numbers it
looks like we lost about 1.8 million at-home dads
between 1993 and 1999.
More on this later I am going fishing for
striped bass and my friend is waiting.
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