Traditional Roles of Moms and Dads Are Converging
American fathers have been saddled with additional domestic chores, according to Pew Research. This compares to five decades ago when they could come home from work, have a martini, read the paper and tell their children to shut up.
The way mothers and fathers spend their time has changed dramatically in the past half century. Dads are doing more housework and child care; moms more paid work outside the home. Neither has overtaken the other in their "traditional" realms, but their roles are converging, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of long-term data on time use.
At the same time, roughly equal shares of working mothers and fathers report in a new Pew Research Center survey feeling stressed about juggling work and family life: 56% of working moms and 50% of working dads say they find it very or somewhat difficult to balance these responsibilities.
The martini cocktail hour was never that stressful.
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