Analyzing parents’ time-use diaries, Jeanne Brooks-Gunn and Allison Sidle Fuligni explored patterns of shared caregiving of children under age 3 in two-parent families. Focusing particularly on fathers’ contribution to the overall time parents spend with their young children, they found that while fathers spend a fair amount of time playing with children and eating meals with them, they spend very little time providing direct personal care, such as feeding, bathing, and diaper-changing. Moreover, time spent by fathers with their young children is not related to parents’ work hours or income but to maternal work hours and maternal income.

Funding Sources: MacArthur Network on the Family and the Economy; NICHD Family and Child Well-Being Research Network.