NAWRB wishes you and your family a wonderful Father’s Day this Sunday, June 17th, 2018. The holiday was established in 1966 with President Lyndon Johnson’s proclamation designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. The idea was influenced by a woman named Sonora Dodd in 1909, who wanted to honor her father, a widowed Civil War veteran. In honor of this special day, the Pew Research Center has released interesting facts about the way fatherhood is being redefined in America.
In the NAWRB 2018 Women in the Housing Ecosystem Report (WHER), Volume 1: The State of Women’s Homeownership, it is revealed that single mother households outnumber single-father households by more than three times. However, American dads who live with their children are taking a more active role in parenting, and there is a growing number of men as single parents and stay-at-home dads.
At the same time, we are seeing a rise in the share of children who are growing up without a father in the home.
- In a 2015 survey, 57 percent of fathers said that parenting is very important to their identity, compared to 58 percent of mothers.
- In 2016, fathers reported that they spend an average of 8 hours a week on childcare, three times the amount reported in 1965. In comparison, mothers spend an average of 14 hours a week caring for children.
- Almost half of working fathers—at 52 percent—stated that it is very or somewhat difficult to maintain a work and family life balance, compared to 60 percent of working mothers.
- About a quarter of couples with children younger than 18 years of age are in families where only the father works, a steep decline from when this was true of 47 percent of couples in 1970.
- A 2016 survey found that 44 percent of adults believe it is ideal for a young child to have one parent stay at home. While 36 percent said it would be best if the mother took this role, more than half said it doesn’t matter which parent stays at home.
- Sixty-four percent of Americans believe men and women have different approaches to parenting. While most men contribute this difference to biology (68 percent), women are most likely to point to societal expectations (66 percent).
- In 2016, over 70 percent of adults stated it’s equally important for newborn babies to bond with both their mother and father.
We hope this Father’s Day is filled with quality bonding, laughter and good cheer with your father and loved ones!