Facts About American Dads

With Father’s Day just around the corner, we thought you would enjoy knowing some facts about dads from the Pew Research Center.
  1. Dads see parenting as central to their identity. Dads are as likely as moms to say that parenting is extremely important to them.
  2. Dads are much more involved in child care than they were 50 years ago. In 2016, fathers reported spending, on average, eight hours a week on childcare-about triple the time they provided back in 1965.
  3. Work-family balance is a challenge for many working fathers. Just like moms, many fathers find it challenging to balance work and family life.
  4. It is becoming less common for Dads to be their family’s sole wage-earner. In 1970, almost half of couples with children were living in households where the father was the sole wage-earner; now it’s down to 27%, with 66% of households with dual incomes.
  5. Majority say it is important for babies to have equal time to bond with their mother and father. For fathers who took time off to care for a new baby, the median time was one week.
Happy Father’s Day!