Dads enjoy less with kids than mums

Last Updated: May 20, 2010, 19:14 PM IST

Melbourne: Dads not only spend less time with their kids, they don’t even enjoy that time as much as mums do, revealed new research.

Twice as many fathers say they "sometimes or less often" enjoy spending time with their children as do mothers, according to a report by the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

AIFS research fellow and the author of ‘The Best Start: Supporting Happy, Healthy Childhoods’, Jennifer Baxter said that when fathers were asked whether they enjoyed spending time with their children, 28 per cent said they "always or almost always" did, compared with 40 per cent of mothers.

In addition, 21 per cent of dads said they "sometimes or less often" enjoyed time spent with their kids, compared with 11 per cent for mums.

"Dads often have that added pressure of long work hours,” News.com.au quoted her as telling The Australian.

"They’re there in the mornings when time is so rushed and at dinner when there``s so much going on, so that stress of combining work with the hard parts of the family day may be spilling over into their level of enjoyment," added Baxter.

Baxter said that part of the answer to why dads are less satisfied could be that they are more honest about it than mothers.

"There’s a very strong ethos that mothers must love and care and nurture their children. . . while fathers might be more inclined to admit when things aren’t going well,” she said.

ANI

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