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 2012 survey:
- On an average day, among adults living in households with children
under age 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 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
- 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 (1.7 hours). However, they spent less time
providing secondary childcare on weekdays than on weekend days--4.5
hours compared with 7.6 hours.
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- Married women, ages 25 to 54, who were employed full-time and lived with a child under 6, spent 1.3 fewer hours per weekday caring
for household children than women who were not employed and .08 hour less than women who worked part-time.
(Data are from the 2012 survey.)
Last Modified Date: October 23, 2013