While we no longer live in a time where mothers are expected to stay at home with the kids, there are still plenty of women who give up work to raise their children. But guess what? As it turns out, the number of dads who do the same is on the rise.
A new Pew Research poll study finds that as of 2016, about 18% of parents didn’t work outside the home, which amounts to about 11-million parents. The number of stay-at-home moms is at about 27%, virtually unchanged from the last poll in 1989, but the number of stay-at-home dads has increased from 10% in 1989, to 17% in 2016.
The study finds that in the immediate aftermath of the Great Recession stay-at-home parenting was up to 20%, mostly because parents were unable to find work. And when it comes to dads, one-third said they were home because they were unemployed.
But unemployment isn’t the only reason some dads are staying home. About 24% of fathers say they stay at home specifically to care for their home and family, although that number is significantly larger for moms, with 78% saying that’s the reason they are home.