40 Percent of Younger Fathers Play Mr. Mom

Younger fathers are much more apt to stay at home and take care of their home and children than their dads were. A new analysis from the Employment Policy Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based research group, found that just over 40 percent of married men, ages 18 to 25, with young children, reported that taking care of the home or family was their reason for being out of the labor force in 2004, compared to under one percent in 1984.

Overall, slightly more than 26 percent of married men who had young children who were out of the labor force were doing so to take care of their children. By way of comparison, more than 90 percent of married women who were not in the labor force reported home or family as their primary reason for not participating in the labor force.

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Ira S Wolfe