The role of dads in their children’s lives has dramatically changed in the past half century!
Today, more than one out of five families with children under five years of age with a working mother has his or her dad as the primary caregiver, many of whom also work.
In the last 25 years, the number of stay at home dads with a working mother has doubled.
In the past 30 years, the number of father only families have more than tripled, and almost all are working dads.
Seven percent of families with children are father only families.
Dads are doing nearly an hour more childcare and housework a day than fifty years ago.
62 percent help with housework; 65 percent read to their children; and 95 percent bathe and diaper their children.
Yet, 30 percent of both moms and dads do not have access to either paid or unpaid leave for the birth of a child, and suffer negative career outcomes, due to family responsibilities.
It is time for updating the attitude toward families, on the part of companies and employers, way behind other advanced industrial nations in Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand!