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 2014 survey:
- Adults living in households with children under age 6 spent an average
of 2.0 hours per day providing primary childcare to household children.
Adults living in households where the youngest child was between the
ages of 6 and 17 spent less than half as much time providing primary
childcare to household children--49 minutes per day. Primary childcare
is childcare that is done as a main activity, such as providing physical
care or reading to children.
- On an average day, among adults living in households with children under
age 6, women spent 1.0 hour providing physical care (such as bathing or
feeding a child) to household children; by contrast, men spent 23 minutes
providing physical care.
- Adults living in households with at least one child under age 6 spent
an average of 5.4 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 age 6 was most commonly provided while
doing leisure activities (2.1 hours) or household activities (1.3 hours).
- Adults living in households with children under age 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--4.5 hours compared
with 7.4 hours.
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- Married women, ages 25 to 54, who were employed full-time and lived with a child under 6, spent 1.0 fewer hours per weekday caring
for household children than women who were not employed.
(Data are from the 2014 survey.)
Last Modified Date: October 26, 2015