Make room for Daddy - he's spending more and
more time with the kids. On weekdays, dads spend
about 65% as much time with their children as moms
do, and on weekends, 87% as much time, according to
a study of nearly 1,800 families published in the
Journal of Marriage and Family. That's 2.5 hours
per day during the week and 6.2 hours on weekends.
Flashback: In the early 1990s, dads spent only
about 43% as much time as moms did directly engaged
with their kids.
And Dad's extra family time doesn't just mean
more wrestling on the living room couch. A portion
of his time is spent doing such basic childcare
tasks as feeding, bathing, and brushing the kids'
"I think fathers will continue to take on more
traditionally 'female' tasks as women become
increasingly valued in the workplace and our
society expects egalitarian roles for parents,"
says study author W. Jean Yeung, Ph.D, a
sociologist at New York University. "Fewer will be
just 'helpers' and more will be true
According to USA Today,
12/14/05, of all stay-at-home parents, less than
.002 percent are fathers.
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