The Disparity Between Mothers and Fathers in Raising Children

Women spend a whopping 39 hours per week performing work related to child care. Today’s dad spends about half that—21.7 hours a week. This is usually couched as good news, too, for it is triple the amount of time guys spent with kids in the ’60s. Yet no one would call this equal, either. It is also still true that about 40 percent of dads spend two hours or less per workday with their kids, and 14 percent spend less than an hour. This imbalance in workload—along with financial conflicts, which may be related—is one of the most frequently cited sources of marital conflict. It plays a significant factor in a woman’s opinion of the man she married, especially if he pulls the “I am the breadwinner card” as Melanie’s husband did. The financials speak loudly here. A typical stay-at-home mom works 94.4 hours per week. If she were paid for her efforts, she would earn about $117,000 per year. (This is a calculation of hourly compensation and time spent per task for the 10 job titles moms typically perform in American households, including housekeeper, van driver, day-care provider, staff psychologist, and chief executive officer.) Most guys do not spend 94.4 hours a week at their jobs. And 99 percent of them earn less than $117,000 per year.


If a Mother were paid for the hours she put into childcare, she would make a six-figure salary.

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