Today’s dads want to share equally in the duties of raising their children, but most acknowledge that they are not yet doing that, according to a survey of nearly 1,000 fathers by the Boston College Center for Work & Family. This assessment of the
changing role of fathers delivers an in-depth portrait of America’s working fathers, revealing that today’s dads associate being a good father just as much with the role of effective caregiver as the traditional role of “breadwinner."
These men want to be engaged parents and successful professionals, yet find conflicts as they try to achieve both objectives.These survey findings confirm that “balancing work and family is not just a woman’s issue” said Brad Harrington, Executive Director of the Center for Work & Family. “We see that fathers, too, need a family-supportive work environment when it comes to aligning work and family, and this has tangible benefits for their jobs and careers, and in turn for their organizations.”
This study expands on the center’s 2010 study of new dads by drawing on a national sample of nearly 1,000 professional fathers from Fortune 500 companies in four different industries.“Our findings show that fathers want to have more time to be with their children and they aspire to do more at home,” Harrington said. “At the same time, they have equally strong desires to be successful at work and to advance in their careers. Thus, we have an image of today’s fathers as caring, committed and conflicted, struggling to be engaged parents while striving for advancement in their careers. From our research, we believe that men are on the verge of a new beginning, one that brings a greater appreciation of the important role fatherhood plays in their own lives and that of their family members.”
Significant findings from The New Dad: Caring, Committed and Conflicted include: