Study: Dad’s Get More Free Time Than Moms

New dads get weekends off - or at least that's what research from Ohio State University suggests.

Three months after the birth of a couple's first child, men spent more of their free time relaxing while women did housework or tended to the newborn's needs.

Whether or not this information is conclusive evidence that dads don't put in as much effort is up for debate.

Claire Kamp Dush, the study's lead author and associate professor of human sciences at the university, and her team tracked just 52 couples in the New Parents Project. Participants were mostly educated, white, dual-income families from the Columbus-area.

The study found that men spent 101 minutes participating in leisure activities during time off while women spent roughly half that.

On workdays, child-rearing and housework were more even split between partners.

Do you think this study accurately depicts the roles of new parents?

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