Things have changed for fathers over time. Today, fathers in the U.S. are spending more time caring for their children compared to fathers 50 years ago. But even with that being the case, a recent survey that was conducted by the Pew Research Center found some interesting results.
According to the survey, most fathers (63%) say they spend too little time with their kids while a much smaller group of fathers (36%) believe they spend the right amount of time with their kids.
Moms, who still do most of the child care feel a little differently. Surprisingly, of the moms surveyed, (53%), about half feel that they spend the right amount of time with their children, while only about (35%) think they don’t spend enough time with their children.
More interesting results were found in the area of education. More than two thirds of fathers with some college or less tend to think they don’t spend enough time with their kids. Of the fathers with a bachelor’s degree or better, nearly half say they do spend enough time with the children. There is no difference between higher educated mothers and those with less education, but employment makes a bit of a difference. Of full time employed mothers, (43%) don’t think they spend enough time with their kids.
The bad news is that one-in-four fathers with young children live apart from at least some of their kids, while (17%) live apart form all their children. When it comes to black men, the difference is even greater. About half of black fathers live apart from at least one of their children with (36%) living apart from all their kids.
These are all just numbers and statistics and can be affected by many factors. But the sad fact of the matter is that it seems the ones more affected are the kids.