This Father’s Day, as we celebrate the dads in our lives, we’re also exploring some of the little-known facts that make them even more special. Here are five tidbits you may not be aware of about those priceless papas.
Dads would love to spend more time with kids if given the opportunity. A Pew Research Study found that 63% believe they spend too little time with their little ones. Even though men are spending more time than ever with their families, it’s still not enough.
And they're doing so more and more. In fact, comparing data from 2011 to 2000, men, on average, spent a half hour more with their children per week. Those extra moments add up, and this upward trend may suggest there is change in the air when it comes to traditional gender roles in families.
Dads care about their work-life balance. One study found that, in fact, men are more likely than women to take advantage of their paid and unpaid leave, flexible schedules and childcare entitlements. Oh, and men who take longer leaves are found to take on a greater part of childcare later on, have better relationships with their children, and are more understanding with their partners.
Being a dad can make you smile more. Millennial dads are significantly happier than their single male counterparts. Parenting can definitely be tough, but a family can be an important support system, and kids are great sources of entertainment.
Splitting traditional gender roles can also contribute to dads' wellbeing. Because it turns out another thing that makes dads happy is not having to earn the bulk of the money for the family. All that “breadwinner” rhetoric can be stressful.
Dads, we see you, and we want you to know how much we appreciate everything you do. Oh, and just so you all know, guys with these names are - apparently - the most likely to become dads this year. If you happen to see one today, feel free to pass on the good news. Happy Father’s Day!
Ali Feldhausen is a writer, illustrator, and advocate for care work, basically all the work done in the home. Not yet a mama, she hopes to use her passion for this field to create both policy and individual level changes that help everyone be happier and healthier.