When both parents are employed, mothers still take on significantly more child-care duties than fathers do, according to a new study out of Ohio State University. The study was based on time diaries of 182 middle-class couples in which both parents worked. When the children were 9 months old, on an average work day, the mothers spent 70 percent of their time outside of work performing some sort of child-care task, versus less than 50 percent of time for the dads. The results showed that moms spent more time even after excluding breast-feeding and pumping from the time tally.
The 6-year-old boy would take the cleaning ends off the broom and the mop, then place the handles on the floor apart from each other. Then he would jump from one handle to the next, moving them farther and farther apart with each leap to see just how far he could fly. It was an early start in training for the long jump. “That was… ... more