Dads today are probably more like Homer Simpson than Ward Cleaver. But fathers do more around the house and are far more involved with their children than their fathers were. So show a little respect and appreciation, huh?
Some data to factor in before honoring dad on Father’s Day this year:
1/3 What a dad’s work around the house is worth, on average, compared to a mother, according to Insure.com’s Father’s Day Index. If you paid a mom a salary for her duties around the house, it’d come to around $61K; dad’s contributions, meanwhile, are supposedly worth a little over $20K.
1/3 Fraction of fathers with spouses in the workforce who are a regular source of care for their kids—32%, up from 26% in 2002. Roughly 20% of dads whose kids are under the age of 5 are now the primary caregivers in the family.
At Least 2 Number of new TV shows based on the idea that it’s “funny” for dads to be primary caregivers. “Happy Father’s Day, dads of America!” writes James Poniewozik. “Pop culture thinks you look really stupid trying to care for the babies you made!”
3/4 Fraction of fathers who say they’re more involved with their kids than their fathers were. Another survey has it that 86% of current fathers are spending more time with their kids than their dads did.
14 Percentage of men who have access to paternity leave with some pay from their employers when a baby comes. Meanwhile, 77% of American adults believe businesses should be required to give paid family leave.
52 Percentage of dads that are the primary grocery shoppers in the family, up from 10% in 1995. (Something tells me that more than 52% of moms would say that they’re the family’s primary grocery shopper.) There’s some indication men are more careful shoppers too: While 11% of moms research the grocery products they buy, 24% of dads do so.
58 Number of years that passed between the time Mother’s Day was officially recognized (1914) and Father’s Day received national holiday status (1972).
59 Percentage of men who said they used a coupon last year, up 8% from the year before.
81 Percentage of adults who feel Mother’s Day and Father’s Day should be celebrated equally.
$5.9 Billion Difference in the projected total amount less spent by consumers on Father’s Day ($12.7 billion) versus Mother’s Day ($18.6 billion) this year. Which is probably just fine with most fathers.
$100 Billion Amount spent annually by the federal government (circa 2006) on programs to support father-absent homes.