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Number of stay-at-home dads hits record high

The percentage of dads who stay home with the kids is higher than ever, a new study finds.

By Kristin Wong Sep 18, 2013 3:47PM

More dads than ever are staying at home full time with their children, a new study from the University of Illinois has revealed.

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According to the study, the past decade has seen roughly 550,000 stay-at-home dads. That equates to about 3.5 percent of all married couples with children where at least one spouse works full time. In the 1970s, that number was only 2 percent.

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While it sounds like the gender gap is closing on stay-at-home parenting, it should be noted that only 22 percent of the stay-at-home dads are considered primary caregivers. Most of the 550,000 are disabled, ill or unemployed.

Read more about the study here.

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Sep 25, 2013 12:29AM
Thanks, economy. Dad's at home changing diapers, while mom's out turnin' tricks.
Sep 24, 2013 6:58PM

The name of the job is Stay At Home Parent.

It is a genderless job.


Thank you.

Sep 24, 2013 3:03PM

The number of stay at home dads has increased right along with unemployment.
No mystery here - just simple logic.

Sep 24, 2013 12:32PM

Children need to be removed from their parents if we are to sustain a strong society. Male children especially should be removed from their mothers at the age of ten, and sent away to school or farmed-out into work-life situations. To do otherwise breeds an unhealthy dependence.

The way we raise our children in the modern era is contributing to our decline and eventual demise as a society. Fosterage was a means to strengthening individuals and thus societies in general has been practiced by wise cultures since ancient times. Many Native American societies prescribed that children be raised by their uncles and aunts past only a very initial period spent with their biological parents. This was to prevent the building of an unhealthy dependence between children and their biological parents, and to build stronger, more well-grounded extended families and communities, not to mention individuals. The British tradition of sending boys away to school to accelerate their development and toughen them is a reasonable modern approximation.

The nuclear family is an unhealthy psychological pressure cooker that breeds neurosis and dependence, not to mention an unhealthy sentimentality about children. Adult men should have as little to do with children as possible: being around children causes men's testosterone levels to decline. By encouraging behavior such as that displayed by “attachment parenting” women, “helicopter parents”, and other contemporary phenomena such as "stay-at-home-dads", we are encouraging the continual decline in the strength of our nation and society. We need to return to the old virtues.

Even Christianity is not the "pro-family" institution it is mistakenly touted to be today. Jesus admonished his followers to turn their backs on the expectations, (bio-)materialism, and error of their families and to follow him instead.  

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