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If you’re a father, congratulations to you! If you have a father who helped shape the person you are, take a minute to thank him.Today’s fathers look surprisingly different from yesteryear’s TV dads such as Ward Cleaver and Cliff Hustable.
Today’s blog is a tribute to all the father’s out there that are raising kids in today’s world. It seems as though each generation of father’s gets more and more hands-on raising their children, and today’s modern father sets an entirely new standard.
Beginning in the 1960s, fathers began scaling back somewhat at their paid job, and by 2011 they had tripled their time spent taking care of the kids and doubled their housework. (Keep in mind these are averages; some dads do more, some do less.) The typical father now spends 17 hours per week on household chores and childcare — about as much as a part-time job.
Many dads today are reacting to how they were raised; and in some cases, deciding to do things differently, whether that’s coming home earlier from work or hugging their kids and telling them they love them.
In a recent TODAY survey, three-quarters of fathers stated being a dad is their most important job. In fact, 51 percent of the survey respondents said they would quit their jobs and stay home with the kids, if they could afford it. (But being a stay-at-home dad isn’t all rainbows and unicorns: 32 percent say they feel disapproval from others for being home with their kids.)
Here are a few more TODAY survey statistics about dad’s in the modern world worth checking out:
- 73 percent of dads say, “a real man knows how to express emotional support to his children.”
- 33 percent of dads struggle to balance work and family life.
- 51 percent of dads say it’s possible to “have it all.”
- 21 percent of dads say they often feel criticized for not doing childcare tasks the way their wife does.
- 31 percent of stay at home Dads say, “my children would respect me more if I worked outside the home.
- 45 percent of dads say they share childcare tasks equally with their wives.
There may be only one day a year set aside to officially celebrate father’s, but the truth is, everyday a father puts on his dad costume, he’s catapulted his position to superhero status. Thanks to all you fabulous father’s out there. We honor you everyday, but feel particularly proud on your day: Father’s Day.