Who Spends how much Time with the Kids
From: Single-Dad Courtroom Wins Show Greater Embrace of New Families
Single dads now account for 8 percent of American households with children, up from 6.3 percent in 2000 and 1.1 percent in 1950, census data show. Cioffi’s community has outpaced the national rise in households led by single fathers. (His former girlfriend, through her attorney Janis Laliberte, declined to comment for this story.)
Between 1965 and 2000, men more than doubled the time they spent playing with and teaching their children, fromto 6.5 hours a week, according to a 2007 study by the Russell Sage Foundation, a New York-based social-science research organization. Mothers spent almost double that amount engaging in such activities, or 12.9 hours a week, in 2000.
And from: Our Kids Are Not Doomed
Some of the improvement in the 1990s was because of a better economic climate. But some was a result of individuals learning better ways to handle changes in their lives. Men increased their share of housework and child care.
Parents in dual-earner families increased the time they spent with their children, even though they also worked longer hours. In 1997, kids in two-parent families spent about six hours a week more with their mothers and four hours more with their fathers than in 1981, according to a University of Michigan study.
People began to handle divorce better. More divorced dads paid child support. More couples settled their divorces amicably and worked out joint custody agreements. More unwed fathers remained involved with their children.