One Big Way Dads Have Changed in the Last 50 Years

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Times have definitely changed. New findings from the Pew Research Center show that dads are more involved in child care and household chores than they were 50 years ago.

Although mothers are still putting in more hours on child care than men every week, fathers are now spending, on average, “eight hours a week on child care—about triple the time they provided back in 1965,” according to Pew Research results.

Fathers are also putting in more hours on household chores than previous generations: 10 hours a week, up from four in 1965.

“By comparison,” Pew Research reports, “mothers spent an average of about 14 hours a week on child care and 18 hours a week on housework.”

The results come from several studies that asked parents questions such as, “How important is parenting to your identity,” with 57 percent of dads and 58 percent of moms reporting that it is “extremely important.”

A 2017 survey by the research center also showed that “a sizable minority of childless men (44 percent of those ages 18 to 49) hope to become fathers at some point.”


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