Time Spent With Children

By: Craig, Lyn.

Using data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics Time Use Survey, this researcher finds that men and women tend to allocate time differently with their children. Men on average spend almost 8 hours of their day with children while women spend on average 12 hours. Men spend 40% of their time in talking, reading, teaching, or reprimanding activities relative to 22% of womenís time in such activities; women spend 51% of their time relative to 31% of menís time in physical and emotional care activities.

Does father care mean fathers share? A comparison of how mothers and fathers in intact families spend time with children. Gender and Society 20 (April): 259-81.