American Men Are Way Better Dads Than They Were in 1977

Well, more involved dads, at least

By Evan Bleier

American Men Are Way Better Dads Than They Were in 1977
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15 June 2016

“Fatherhood is a well-regarded theory, but motherhood is a fact,” misanthropic funnyman P.J. O’Rourke once wrote.

His intentions were clear: with regard to caregiving, mothers have long been first, dads are a distant second.

However, as new data from the first State of America’s Fathers report bears out, that notion is becoming a bit antiquated. Since you’re probably too busy figuring out what to get pop for his big day on Sunday to comb through the 140-page document, we’ve got four father figures that outline the state of being a dad in America.

1. 65%: On average, American fathers have increased the time they spend with their children during the workday by 65% over the past 30 years.

2. 40%: If a dad takes over that percentage or higher of caregiving responsibilities, there’s a positive correlation with a rise in a child’s test scores and cognitive achievement.

3. 34%: That’s the change between the percentage of men in 1977 who agreed fathers should earn money and women should take care of the home and family (74%), and the percentage of men who agreed with that notion when most recently surveyed (just 40%).

4. 25%: That’s the increase in the number of fathers who reported having work-life conflicts due to parenthood responsibilities in 2008 versus 1977. In this instance at least, a rise in conflict is a good thing.

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