Family Time Has Gone Up Since the Mid-1990s

Tara Parker-Pope looks at the data from a new study that shows mothers and fathers are spending more time with their kids than parents in previous generations did—partially because husbands and wives now share more tasks, often doing them together, rather than specializing in activities that keep them apart (working for men, child rearing for women):

Before 1995, mothers spent an average of about 12 hours a week attending to the needs of their children. By 2007, that number had risen to 21.2 hours a week for college-educated women and 15.9 hours for those with less education.
Although mothers still do most of the parenting, fathers also registered striking gains: to 9.6 hours a week for college-educated men, more than double the pre-1995 rate of 4.5 hours; and to 6.8 hours for other men, up from 3.7, according to an additional analysis by Betsey Stevenson and Dan Sacks, economists at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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