Father’s Day is soon, and in honor of modern dads (especially the dad of my own child), I did a bit of research on the evolution of fatherhood in recent history.
From hearing second-hand about our grandparents’ and great-grandparents’ generations, one can reasonably assume that dads of the 21st century are a lot more involved in their children’s lives, and more interested in being active in parenthood.
Being aware of the improving expectations on dads, I was curious to see if I could find actual numbers.
What I found consistently is that today’s dads are spending two or three times as much time with their children than their own dads did with them.
According to The Pew Research Center: “In 2016, fathers reported spending an average of eight hours a week on child care – about triple the time they provided in 1965.”
And they’re not done improving yet.
According to Business Insider: “They spend more time with their kids, but still say it’s not enough.” Although today’s dads are trending toward doing better than past generations, 48% of them still wish they spent more time with their kids than they currently do.
Some dads are even taking on the role of full-time parent.
According to Healthline, there are now about 7 million stay-at-home dads.
Modern dads are proving more and more how capable they can be.
I just wish society would encourage them by ending all the unnecessary dad-dragging, especially in the media.
(I wrote about this a couple of years ago:
“Can we change the way we talk about dads?” LoveandLogicandLunacy.wordpress.com/2019/06/21/inequality-between-fathers-and-mothers-are-we-addressing-the-problem-the-wrong-way )
The shift in how dads view fatherhood is amazing!
I applaud modern dads who are trying hard to break the distant, lazy stereotype of what society once thought dads should be.
I know that my own spouse is one such dad. My son and I have been so fortunate to have Josh in our lives, being the absolute best dad, excited to teach and to join his son in imaginative play.
Thank you, Josh, for all you do.
And thank you, dads everywhere, for raising the dad bar all the time. ❤
Happy Father’s Day!
By the way, if you enjoy getting information in image form, check out this infographic of dad statistics from dad-camp.com: (click here).
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