Think Moms And Dads Share Caregiving Responsibilities Equally?
Nancy & Betsy
In American families today, who is most responsible for caring for a child's basic needs?
According to a nationwide study commissioned by Gerber in 2000, the stereotype of the mom as primary caregiver is actually pretty close to reality. In half of the families interviewed, feeding time is mom's job, while only one percent of the dads had this responsibility. Forty-seven percent of households, however, reported that the duties were shared.
When it comes to diaper duty, there was a similar pattern: 47 percent of those interviewed said this was usually the mom's responsibility, 46 percent said it was a shared duty, while only two percent of dads were CEO's of the diaper department.