5 facts about today’s fathers
As the American family changes, fatherhood is changing in important and sometimes surprising ways. Today, fathers who live with their children are taking a more active role in caring for them and helping out around the house.
Family Support in Graying Societies
America is turning gray, with the share of people ages 65 and older expected to rise more than 50% by 2050 – a trend that may burden more families. But Germany and Italy are already there, with a fifth of their population in that age range.
Rising Share of Highly Educated Women Are Becoming Mothers
For women, postgraduate education and motherhood are increasingly going hand-in-hand. Not only are highly-educated women more likely to have kids, they are also having bigger families than in the past.
Working-mom guilt? Many dads feel it too
Today’s working fathers are just as likely as working mothers to say that finding the right balance between their job and their family life is a challenge.
Working while pregnant is much more common than it used to be
The latest figures show that 66% of mothers who gave birth to their first child between 2006 and 2008 worked during pregnancy, up from 44% in the early 1960s.
Fewer than half of U.S. kids today live in a ‘traditional’ family
Just 46% of U.S. kids under 18 are living in a home with two married heterosexual parents in their first marriage, a marked change from 1960.
How is Ideology Linked to Child-Rearing Values?
From Pew Research Center’s American Trends Panel, explore responses to a survey about which of 12 traits parents feel are “especially important to teach children.”
Teaching the Children: Sharp Ideological Differences, Some Common Ground
People with consistently conservative political values are particularly likely to say it is important to teach children religious faith, while those with consistently liberal values stand out for the priority they give to teaching tolerance.
Families may differ, but they share common values on parenting
A new Pew Research survey finds widespread agreement among parents over the traits that children should be taught.
More Dads Staying Home with the Kids
The number of fathers who do not work outside the home has nearly doubled since 1989, rising markedly in recent years. And more of these “stay-at-home” dads say they’re home primarily to care for family.