06/15/2007 - No one can argue with the fact that today's fathers are more "hands on" with their kids than fathers were a generation or two ago. With so many dual income families, fathers often have to share the workload of childrearing and household chores. So how are fathers faring in this brave new world of changing diapers and driving carpools? Pew Research Center polls indicate that the verdict is mixed on how well today's dads measure up -- about half of the public says they're doing a worse job when compared with fathers a generation ago; the other half says they're doing as well or even better.
A broad consensus holds that it is harder to be a father now than it was 20 or 30 years ago, and on this point men and women agree. Fully 59% of men and 62% of women say today's dads have a tougher time of it. Only 12% of the public says it easier to be a dad today, while roughly a quarter say it's about the same as it was a generation ago. People generally feel the same about motherhood. Seven-in-ten adults say it's harder to be a mom today than it was in the past, and only 11% see it as easier.
Read the full article Being Dad May Be Tougher These Days, but Working Moms are among Their Biggest Fans on the Pew Research Center Web site.