It’s a Dad’s Life, or is it?
“Some people ask what’s the secret to a good marriage? Twice a week; we take time to go to a nice restaurant, candlelight, a little wine, soft music. She goes Tuesdays. I go Fridays.” – Anon
This Sunday is Father’s Day. Now on Mother’s Day I’m expected to have a nice card and maybe some chocolates or perfume on hand (which I pretend my children have bought). I’ve no problem with that – Mums are special.
However, Father’s Day seems to be a non-event in our house. I could be waiting long time for any sign of appreciation. To be honest I’d even settle for a pair of socks at this stage. We did a survey of attitudes recently and it seems I’m not alone – only 1 in 3 Dads say their kids appreciate them, while less than half say their wives or partners appreciate them! In fact our research shows found that Mums and Dads don’t see eye to eye on a lot of things!. For example -
- • Dad says he spends an average of 55 hours a week on housework or childcare – Mum says it’s more like half that at 29 hours!
- • Dad enjoys about 23 hours a week free time – about double what Mum gets.
- • Dad thinks he spends 14 hours quality time a week with his partner, she thinks it’s just 10 hours (she doesn’t count watching sport!).
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This might be a bit of fun but there’s an important financial point at the end of it. Dad’s may feel under-appreciated by their families, but this also means they underestimate the financial consequences to their families if they were not there.