Proof That Most Dads Actually Do Their Fair Share Around The House [Infographic]
2:30 pm, May 20th | by Amy Tennery
Today in good news: A new report suggests that dads in two-parent households are taking on chores and splitting childcare duties at rates far exceeding the last generation. Hoorah!
A staggering 82 percent of dads with kids aged 2 or younger said they share child responsibilities equally, according to the report from Online Schools, which culled self-reported data from papas with partners (i.e., not single-parent dads). Of course, since it’s self-reported we can imagine there’s a handful of respondents who exaggerated how much they help around the house. Even so, this is encouraging data.
And compared to the last generation of fathers, these dudes are ramping up their presence around the household. Seventy percent of respondents said they help with household shopping, childcare and cleaning, compared to 32 percent, 33 percent and 10 percent, respectively, in the previous generation. So no, not all dads are helping with all household chores — but the level of improvement is staggering.
This phenomenon is attributable to a number of factors. From a practical standpoint, more women are going to work today than in the past, forcing a more equitable share of the household duties. Also, more businesses are latching onto this whole “work-life balance” thing (radical!), which means more flexible work days for both men and women.
But, beyond the pragmatic reasons, there’s a fluffier, new-agey-er reason behind this: Our attitude about what it means to be a dad is changing. And this means less rigid roles for both men and women. I think we can all agree that’s pretty cool.
Check out more fascinating stats on fatherhood below:
Courtesy of: Online Schools