Having just returned to work after maternity leave, I found this article interesting. It’s the first study I’ve seen that added the time spent at work and the time spent working at home for both fathers and mothers and compared the total. Turns out that they are spending relatively equal amounts of time "working." Married and Single Parents Spending More Time With Children, Study Finds – New York Times:
The researchers found that â€œwomen still do twice as much housework and child care as menâ€ in two-parent families. But they said that total hours of work by mothers and fathers were roughly equal, when they counted paid and unpaid work.
Using this measure, the researchers found â€œremarkable gender equality in total workloads,â€ averaging nearly 65 hours a week.
However, according to the study, working moms have much less free time than stay at home moms and one of the things they cut back on is time with their husbands!
It also said that all parents, single and married, male and female, are spending more time with their kids than parents did 40 years ago.