With Father’s Day just around the corner, we thought you would enjoy knowing some facts about dads from the Pew Research Center.
- Dads see parenting as central to their identity. Dads are as likely as moms to say that parenting is extremely important to them.
- 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.
- Work-family balance is a challenge for many working fathers. Just like moms, many fathers find it challenging to balance work and family life.
- 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.
- 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!