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    Who's a better stay-at-home parent, mom or dad?

    The number of fathers who don’t work outside the home has nearly doubled since 1989, but public support still sides with stay-at-home moms.


    Posted on June 6, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.

    There are now more stay-at-home dads than ever before, but they aren’t getting the same public support as stay-at-home moms.

    According to a new Pew Research poll, the number of fathers who don’t work outside the home has nearly doubled between 1989 and 2012. 

    Some of the increase is attributed to a rise in unemployment during the Great Recession, but the biggest contributor is fathers who are choosing to home to care for their families, the study found.

    In a 2013 Pew Research survey, 51 percent of respondents said children are better off if their mother is home and doesn’t hold a job, but only 8 percent said children are better off with fathers in that same situation.

    What do you think? Does it matter which parent stays at home? Stay-at-home dads, what has your experience been?

     


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