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It is the Year of the Working Dad14 Mar 2013 08:09 am

In the last 50 years, a lot has changed in the nation’s households.

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According to a report released by Pew Research Center today,

Fathers now spend more time engaged in housework and child care than they did half a century ago. And the amount of time they devote to paid work has decreased slightly over that period.

This is further evidence, that the responsibilities of the home are not just a women’s issue people, and we have to stop framing the argument for changes in the workplace as something just mommies need.

I blogged about how 2013 would be The Year of the Working Dad at the beginning of this year, and with that distinction comes a lot of pressure to find equilibrium when it comes to work and family life.

Research from Families and Work Institute (FWI) has found that men are feeling this pressure more and more. The Institute’s report titled “The New Male Mystique” affirms the fact that young men, in particular, “are realizing they have to do more at home than their fathers did, and today’s young men want to do so.”

But FWI’s report also found that “men are under increasing pressure to do it all in order to have it all—be dedicated employees in increasingly demanding jobs, good financial providers and involved family members.”

Thus, the “ideal” man is still seen largely seen as the “breadwinner,” while also being involved in the family more.

Indeed, Dads want to spend more time with their kids.

The Pew study found men more than women thought they were spending too little time with the kids:

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Clearly, mom still pick up most of the work at home. But Pew’s data shines a light on how much things have changed.

From the study:

Fathers have by no means caught up to mothers in terms of time spent caring for children and doing household chores, but there has been some gender convergence in the way they divide their time between work and home.

Pew calls it gender convergence, I call it the way it should be, and finally it almost is.

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