You are here: Home » PTI Stories » National » News
Business Standard

Fathers getting more involved in parenting, says survey

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Fathers in India are increasingly getting involved in everyday parenting, a recent survey has found.

The survey, conducted by Mumbai-based Podar Institute of Education, also found that though fathers are getting more involved in parenting but a majority of them cannot do it alone and need the help of their wives.

"The findings dispel many of the conventional notions about parenting which put mothers in the spotlight. A common complain of mothers is that fathers are not involved in everyday parenting and that they have to bear the burden alone," said the research, in which 4,800 fathers were surveyed.

According to the survey, 70 per cent fathers are now making a conscious effort to reduce their travel for work in order to spend more time with their children and at least 65 per cent fathers spend two or more hours every day with their children.

They are now aware of which school the child attends or which class and even attend their open house and events, the survey said.

However, there is still some scope of improvement by fathers in giving time, learning to discipline their children and helping children with school work, it said.

The survey also found that only 33 per cent spend time doing household chores or reading to their children.

Eighty-eight per cent of fathers need their wife around when they take children out and only 12 per cent are confident to go out alone with their children, the survey said.

Many fathers are not so involved in helping around the house or in household chores and most are not happy with the amount of time they are able to spend with their kids, it said.

Dr Swati Popat Vats, President, Early Childhood Association, feels that these results are a good sign that children today are benefiting by equal involvement of both parents and this will be good for the overall emotional development and emotional intelligence in children.

Erik Erikson, a pioneer in the world of child psychology, said that a father's love and a mother's love are qualitatively different.

"Fathers love more dangerously because their love is more expectant and instrumental than a mother's love. A father brings unique contributions to the job of parenting a child that no one else can replicate," he said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Dear Reader,

Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Sun, November 19 2017. 10:57 IST