The 2017 Modern Families Index is the latest example of how much is changing in the attitude of modern dads. We gave our view to BBC Radio, and alongside Dave of Dave’s Dad Adventure, dissected what it all means for dads.
Key takeaways – a ‘fatherhood penalty’ now exists
The Modern Families Index is an annual survey produced by charities Working Families and Bright Horizons. It asks thousands of parents about their attitudes in a number of areas affecting their family lives.
This year’s key highlights:
- Nearly half of working fathers (47%) want to downshift into a less stressful job because they can’t balance the demands of work and family life.
- Just over a third of fathers (38%) say that they would be willing to take a pay cut to achieve a better work-life balance.
- 53% of millennial fathers want to downshift into a less stressful job because they can’t balance the demands of work and family life.
- 50% of parents agreed ‘my work life balance is increasingly a source of stress.
- Almost half of parents are not comfortable raising the issue of workload and hours with their employers.
Live on air
We enjoyed contributing our view, and shout-out to David for his excellent (and honest) insights too.
This is only an area of dad’s life that’s going to be more and more important.