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Modern Day Dads are More Involved at Home [AUDIO]

There appears to be a “new American father.” According to updated data from the Pew Research Center, modern day dads who have children under 18 are busier with their children and the household chores, compared to decades past.

The recent analysis looked at statistics from 1965 and 2011. In the 60s, fathers spent an average of 2.5 hours per week with their children.

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“In 2011, their time with children has increased to seven hours per week,” explained Wendy Wang, a research associate at the Pew Research Center. “Their time with children has almost tripled over the past five decades.”

Fathers today are also spending more time on household chores, according to the analysis. The time spent has almost doubled since 1965.

“It seems the modern day fathers are expected to be involved,” Wang said, noting that most fathers surveyed still say they don’t spend enough time with their children.

Unlike the past, a mother’s time with her children far outpaces that of a modern day dad. However, the increased participation among fathers can possibly be attributed to the fact that there are more females in the workplace. According to Pew’s figures, a mother in 1965 spent eight hours per week at a paid job. The number jumped to 21 hours in 2011.

In a separate study, Pew asked respondents to name a mother and father’s main role while raising children. For both genders, ‘values and morals’ topped the list, and ‘income’ received the least votes.

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