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Father's Day Study Debunks Myths of the Lazy Dad

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By    |   Sunday, 16 June 2019 11:40 AM

Busting the myth of lazy dads, the Institute for Family Studies found dads spend more of their day working and doing family chores, according to the latest American Time Use Survey (ATUS), The Washington Free Beacon reported.

"Among married couples living together with kids, if anything, it's dads who do more work in total — adding up paid work, housework, child care, and even shopping," IFS research fellow Robert VerBruggen wrote in his study. "Moms do work more in some specific circumstances, but the data acquit fathers as a group of the slacking charges so frequently leveled against them."

The study found married fathers living with their spouse and kids do 59 combined hours of "work" per week, while moms do about 55 hours, according to the Free Beacon. The work studied includes employment, household chores and childcare.

The data, however, does include hour totals for single moms or families with same-sex marriages, per the report.

Among the reasons for the hours worked by dads is they spend 2.5 times longer on household chores and 3.2 times longer in childcare than they did in 1965, according to the Pew Research Center, the report cited.

That can be attributed to more hours for women in the workplace, even if men still work longer away from home, too, the study revealed.

"We should stop whining about dads as a group not doing their share of the work their families depend upon — because that's not true," VerBruggen concluded in his study, per the Free Beacon.

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Busting the myth of lazy dads, the Institute for Family Studies found dads spend more of their day working and doing family chores, according to the latest American Time Use Survey (ATUS), The Washington Free Beacon reported."Among married couples living together with kids,...
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