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To observe Father’s Day, newspapers and other media published and broadcasted a flurry of dad-related stories over the weekend. Many of them, focused on how fathers have changed over the years – how many of them are becoming more involved with their children, especially in the past decade.
• 54 percent take their kids to school once or twice a month, up from 38 percent (compared to 1999)
• 45 percent attend class events, up from 34 percent
• 41 percent visit their child’s classroom once or twice a month, up from 30 percent
• 28 percent volunteer at school, up from 20 percent
• 75 percent help kids with extracurricular activities, up from 71 percent
• 78 percent help with homework, up from 74 percent
• 55 percent read to their kids, the same as in 1999
In recent years fathers, too, have been the subject of bonding research and have even merited a special term for the father- infant relationship at birth—”engrossment.” We used to talk about father involvement; now it’s father engrossment—meaning involvement to a higher degree. Engrossment is not only what the father does for the baby— holding and comforting—but also what the baby does for the father. Bonding with baby right after birth brings out sensitivity in dad.
How much time were you able to spend with your child at home before
going back to work?