More American dads pitching in with child care


  • Family
  • Monday, 30 Dec 2013

Among findings: 81% of fathers played with their children.

MORE US fathers are rolling up their sleeves to change diapers and read bedtime stories to their children, a government survey finds.

Released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the survey involved more than 10,000 American men, with results finding that more men are getting involved in domestic life and child care, from mathematics tutoring to bath time.

Findings showed that fathers with children younger than five helped bathe, diaper, and dress their kids several times a week. More than 90% of dads ate meals with their kids a few times a week, and 66% tucked them into bed with a book several times a week.

Practically all fathers who lived with their children under five played with them. Among them, 81% played with them daily, and 18% played with them several times a week.

Plus dads give themselves a pat on the back: almost 90% said that they thought they were doing at least a good job of parenting.

And this is positive news for both mums and kids, since prior research has found the men who are involved in their children’s lives and daily care have happier, more satisfying marriages while also strengthening bonds with their kids. – AFP Relaxnews

Access the report (PDF only): http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhsr/nhsr071.pdf

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