Working dads’ role in family life

Modern family men do up to £17,000 unpaid work per year


From doing more domestic chores to looking after their children, working dads are spending more time at home, racking up a potential £17,000 in unpaid work, says a survey of 2,187 dads by The Children’s Mutual.


Spending time with the kids is the number one activity for working dads, and they manage to squeeze 4 hours and 6 minutes of this in each week.

However, while 67% of the dads said they were satisfied with the part they currently played in family life, they wished on average they could spend almost two hours more every day with their children.

So what does the average working dad’s weekly timetable hold? Once paid work is out of the way, a his week supposedly looks like this:

  1. Looking after the children: 4 hours, 6 minutes
  2. Cooking: 3 hours, 19 minutes
  3. DIY: 3 hours, 11 minutes
  4. Arranging the family finances: 3 hours, 9 minutes
  5. Driving the children: 3 hours, 5 minutes
  6. Household chores: 2 hours, 59 minutes
  7. Gardening: 2 hours, 56 minutes
  8. Washing and ironing: 2 hours, 52 minutes
  9. Assembling toys: 2 hours, 51 minutes

What is most of your family time spent doing? Let us know below…

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