A study from The Economist compared the parenting habits of parents from the ’60s to parents now and found that over the last five decades, dads have really stepped up their child-raising game.
The article revealed that modern dads are spending nearly triple the amount of time with their kids as dads from 50 years ago. According to the study, dads in the U.S. during the 1960s were spending an average of 25 minutes a day with their kids, compared to the 75 minutes U.S. dads from 2010 spent with their children. This is a massive gap that reveals just how much progress dads have made since the ’60s when fathers were primarily viewed as breadwinners and disciplinary figures.
Of course, dads still have a long way to go if they are going to catch moms in the parenting department. The study found that ’60s moms in the U.S. were spending an average of 50 minutes a day with their kids while moms today are spending roughly 100-125 minutes a day with their children. Moms from Denmark are setting the bar, as they spend an average of 225 minutes each day with their kids, nearly double the American average.
On the whole, parents are spending a lot more time with their kids than parents of past generations. The study shows that every country except France has seen a significant increase in the amount of time parents are spending with their kids. Some might say that parents today are actually too involved in their kids’ lives but, considering how small of a role dads used to have in the whole raising a human thing, that complaint seems unfounded for now. Plus, parents spending quality time with their kids has been proven to increase a child’s intelligence, empathy, and generosity.