Wednesday, April 18, 2012

NewsFlash: Women Enjoy Child Care Tasks More than Men



In case you haven't read a thousand articles/studies on child care, read one more. Tara Parker-Pope (always excellent) makes several important points in her recent NY Times Magazine essay:

1. On 16 out of 25 child-care tasks like changing diapers, women report higher levels of enjoyment than men.
2. Women are far more likely to take advantage of family-leave benefits than men.
3. Men have more than doubled the time they spend on child care since 1985. Yet women still spend twice as much time with the children as men (surprise, surprise).

How about surveying fathers on the child-care-enjoyment-gender differences and asking.....Aren't you lazy because you married the greatest woman in the world who also happens to be the Mother of all Mothers? Therefore mothers...your diligence increases our laziness. I don't have to worry about repercussions; my wife is way too busy to ever read this blog.

In honor of my birthday blog post, I want to thank both of my parents (in heaven) for having taken such great care of me and.....doing it with a smile!

4 comments:

Pam said...

Happy Belated! This mama never enjoyed the child care tasks- I still don't. Too overwhelming and mentally exhausting! Their dad was the primary caregiver while I was the student/breadwinner. He got a lot of satisfaction out of being the primary caregiver. And I got to sleep at night!

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