U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
American Time Use Survey
Charts by Topic: Care of household children (by adults living in households with children)
Findings from the 2011 survey:
- On an average day, over the 2007-2011 time period, among adults living in households with children
under 6, women spent 1.1 hours providing physical care (such as
bathing or feeding a child) to household children; by contrast, men
spent 26 minutes providing physical care.
- Adults living in households with at least one child under 6 spent an
average of 5.5 hours per day providing secondary childcare--that is,
they had at least one child in their care while doing activities other
than primary childcare. Secondary childcare provided by adults living
in households with children under 6 was most commonly provided while
doing leisure activities (2.2 hours) or household activities (1.3
- Adults living in households with children under 6 spent more time
providing primary childcare on an average weekday (2.1 hours) than on
an average weekend day (1.8 hours). However, they spent less time
providing secondary childcare on weekdays than on weekend days--4.6
hours compared with 7.7 hours.
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- Married women, ages 25 to 54, who were employed full-time and lived with a child under 6, spent 1.9 fewer hours per weekday caring
for household children than women who were not employed and 1.1 hours less than women who only worked part-time.
(Data are from the 2011 survey.)
Last Modified Date: November 16, 2012