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American dads pitching in with child care

lifestyle Updated: Dec 30, 2013 13:52 IST


More US fathers are rolling up their sleeves to change diapers and read bedtime stories to their children, a government survey finds.

Released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the survey involved more than 10,000 American men, with results finding that more men are getting involved in domestic life and child care, from math tutoring to bath time.

Findings showed that fathers with children younger than five helped bathe, diaper, and dress their kids several times a week. More than 90 percent of dads ate meals with their kids a few times a week, and 66 percent tucked them into bed with a book several times a week.

Practically all fathers who lived with their children under five played with them. Among them, 81 percent played with them daily, and 18 percent played with them several times a week.

Plus dads give themselves a pat on the back: almost 90 percent said that they thought they were doing at least a good job of parenting.

And this is positive news for both moms and kids, since prior research has found the men who are involved in their children's lives and daily care have happier, more satisfying marriages while also strengthening bonds with their kids.