Dads say Parenting Is Just As Important to Their Identities as Moms

September 01, 2016
While mommy blogs will likely always outnumber daddy blogs online, statistics show that dads are stepping up when it comes to parenting – with many taking a more active role in their children’s lives.

Pew Research recently shared 6 interesting facts about dads and the changing nature of the American family. Below are three of them:

#3 – Dads see parenting as central to their identity

Almost just as many dads (57%) as moms (58%) say that parenting is “extremely important” to their identity.

#6 – More dads as staying at home and caring for children

About 21% of the 2 million dads that don’t work outside of their home say their main reason was to care for the home and family.

#5 – Dads spend as much time or more with their kids that their own parents – but still feel like its not enough

Approximately half of the dads in a 2015 survey said they spent too little time with their kids – compared to only 25% of moms.

Many prospective host families we’ve talked to relate to point #5, feeling like they aren’t spending enough time with their kids. While it may seem counterintuitive, having a professional au pair can actually help to increase time with your children – quality time. According to many of our current host families, their au pair’s support in day-to-day life has allowed them to spend more quality time with their children.

Read all six facts presented by Pew Research here: