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Dads and Childcare, The Sad Reality

Dads and Childcare, The Sad Reality

dads and childcare

Despite the arrival of women’s liberation and the education of the general population about gender roles, it appears that women and not men are still doing the majority of the childcare around the home. In fact, if we are to believe the latest poll by well respected Pew Research, mothers are doing more for their kids in the home then they did back in 1965.  So why are dads and childcare still miles apart when it comes to equality around the home?

Dads and Childcare – 1965 And Now

The research began by looking at the number of hours moms and dads were responsible for childcare back in 1965. For mothers that had kids at home the average number of hours they spent per week on childcare was 10.5 hours. When you compare that to the husband’s paltry 2.5 hours we see there was plenty of room for improvement. And improve it did, in a way. Today dads are taking on about 7 hours a week in childcare. The problem is that mom’s hours have gone up as well, to 14 hours a week. So women are still providing twice as many hours as men on childcare.

And Baby Makes Three

There is more. When Ohio State University decided to look at the transition of childcare responsibility in young couples they found out some interesting data. Most modern couples split the household chores up equally, until the first baby comes along. Then the responsibility for not only childcare but also household chores swings towards the woman. Baby increased mom’s chores by 2 hours a week but when it comes to dads and childcare they only took on an extra 40 minutes a week. Even when they were looking at educated couples who had good incomes. So maybe the next time you feel like you are doing all the work taking care of the kids, take a hard look at the hours spent. It may be time to have a little talk with your husband about the role of dads and childcare around the house.

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