Dad Days of Summer: While Momania’s Theresa Walsh Giarrusso takes a vacation, local dad and sportswriter Andy Johnston will be filling in. You can e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A recent survey found that men who have kids at home work more hours a week than men who don’t.
The Families and Work Institute, a non-profit organization, surveyed 3,500 people in 2008 to find out those dads work about 47 hours a week. Men who don’t have kids or don’t live with them, work about 44 hours a week, according to a story in USA Today.
The worst stat was this: 42 percent of the men with kids under 18 years old who live at home work about 50 hours a week.
More than 3,500 people were surveyed in 2008 to produce the report.
The story quoted Ellen Galinsky, president of the institute as saying, “Men are working longer to bring in more money for their families. In open-ended questions … their answers were about earning more money. I think the breadwinner image is a part of it, particularly for men with children.”
The new analysis focuses on reasons for the increase in men’s conflict and appears to dispel notions that dads duck out of the office for child-related issues and don’t pull their weight at work.
“For many years, there was a strong focus on women and their work-family conflict,” Galinsky says. “This study shows it’s not just women, it’s men.”
The survey included working both at the office and at home but did not calculate them separately.
I was one of the worst offenders of this until about 18 months after Ty was born. Part of it was that I loved my job, and the other part was because I have workaholic tendencies.
Finally, we realized it would better for us if I went cold turkey and stayed at home to raise Ty.
Obviously most men have to work to support their families, even feeling an overwhelming pressure to do so, a point that was made in the article.
Do you know men who fit the findings of this survey?
Do the men in your lives struggle balancing family and work?
- By Andy Johnston, for the Momania blog