Study reveals children want more ‘dad time’

Published: 19 May 2017 Image credit: She Knows


One in three Australian children think their fathers work too much and are craving more ‘dad time’, a new study has revealed.

Sadly, the study found that works both ways with some kids not enjoying spending time with their old man.

Not only that, but long or irregular working hours are damaging the mental health of Australian men who also struggle to get time off work and as a result are suffering a “family disconnect.”

As part of a ‘Growing Up in Australia’ study more than 3000 children and their dads were interviewed.

Researchers found fathers are more likely to spend time at work, rather than mothers who often take care of domestic duties.

Many of those fathers are working more than 44 hours per week while some are clocking a staggering 55 hours during an average working week, which has lead researcher Lyndall Strazdins from the Australian National University concerned.

“Australia’s work culture and social norms are making it hard for dads to be the fathers they want to be,” she said.

“We delude ourselves that what happens in fathers’ workplaces is somehow separate from children’s lives.”

She added more than 50 percent of fathers said they missed out on family events because of work, while 20 percent described their family time as “more pressured and less fun due to their jobs” and these were problems their children shared.

Men working more than 39 hours per week are putting their health at risk, and are often expected to work harder than women, according to researchers.

While working nightshift and weekends is adding to the struggle.

The study also found many children wished their father didn’t work at all.

The ANU study was completed in conjunction with the Australian Institute of Family Studies and the WZB Social Science Centre in Berlin, Germany.