One in three fathers work more than 48 hours a week compared to just 25% of men without children, according to a report by think-tank Demos.
The article doesn’t offer any explanation for this trend, so I’m tossing out a few theories of my own:
Maybe fathers, with numerous dependents, feel more pressure to do whatever it takes to stay employed. Maybe they have more distractions during the workday so need to work longer hours to get their jobs done. And there’s the other (perhaps cynical) theory that fathers spend more time at work so they have to spend less time at home being fathers.
I’d be very interested to hear your theories on this, too.
What I do find interesting is that I’d be willing to bet these statistics don’t apply to mothers, and that a similar study would show that it’s the childless women that put in the longer hours. If that’s the case, however, I suspect that says less about the parent/childless divide and more about the inequities of shared parenting.
What do you think?