On November 15, 2015, Pew Research Center released a study that aimed to analyze how working two-parent households balanced their work and family responsibilities and how they perceived the dynamics of doing so.
According to the study, 46% of homosexual, two-parent households have both parents working full-time. Moreover, only about a quarter (26%) of two-parent households now consist of a full-time working father and a mother who does not work.
For comparison to the above statistics, Pew looked at statistics from 1970. In 1970, 31% of these households consisted of both parents working and 46% consisted of a working dad and a stay-at-home mom.
In regard to share of responsibility, about six-in-ten American parents in these dual-earning households responded that they share it equally in some areas, such as playing with children, disciplining children, and completing chores. When it comes to other areas, though, less than half of parents stated that mom takes the lead. Interestingly, Dad never took the lead.
This perception on the share of responsibility was gendered. Fathers were more likely to say the responsibilities were shared evenly while mothers were far more likely to say they maintained the brunt of responsibility.
Moreover, working mothers were more likely to say that parenting interfered with career development. Four-in-ten mothers said that working made it harder to advance career-wise, while just two-in-ten fathers said the same.
In conclusion, full-time working fathers (50%) are significantly more likely than full-time mothers (39%) to say they spend too little time with their children.