Thursday, November 10, 2005

Statistics

Rebel Dad loves to collect statistics on stay at home dads (in the US of course). Elizabeth at Half Changed World joined in with some income analysis.

I found an interesting Australian survey, mostly about childcare. A table at the back shows the hours of work of mothers and fathers, and the type of childcare used (if any). I had a quick play with the statistics, and found the following:

4% of Australian children under 12 have no non parental childcare (childcare includes informal care such as grandparents), and a mother who works >35 hours a week. Since neither of our two children would be included in this statistic (although I work >35 hours a week, they both go to preschool for 2 days a week), I think it's probably safe to say that at least 1 in 20 of Australian children has a stay at home dad for the majority of their childcare.

These dads have been recently joined by one Mark Latham, who extolls his new stay-at-home dad life at every opportunity.

I think I would believe his sincerity more if (a) he hadn't spent the previous (at least) three years in a job which meant he could spend no time with his kids and (b) he wasn't getting paid a very nice parliamentary pension for the privilege.

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