Time Magazine

WORKING DADS STRUGGLE TO BALANCE DEMANDS OF HOME TOO

by Tessa Berenson / February 4, 2015

Today’s working fathers are struggling to balance the demands of their jobs with their home lives more than ever. That was the thrust of research discussed on a panel on fatherhood at a liberal think tank in Washington Wednesday.

A CAP report released today entitled “Men, Fathers, and Work-Family Balance” echoed Earnest’s observation: “Fathers today are expected to be involved in child care and domestic responsibilities, sharing care work with their partners rather than simply helping out when needed. Increased societal pressure to be active and engaged parents means more men now face the type of competing demands that women face.”

The data backs this up. The National Study of the Changing Workforce, which was cited in the report, found that between 1977 and 2008, the percentage of mothers in dual-earner couples who reported work-family conflict grew from 41% to 47%, while the percentage of fathers reporting it grew from 25% to 60%.

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