Many men even do diapers, government's fathering survey shows, deflating the detached dad myth

  • Article by: LINDSEY TANNER , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 20, 2013 - 8:10 AM

CHICAGO — The detached dad, turning up his nose at diapering and too busy to bathe, dress and play with his kids, is mostly a myth, a big government survey suggests. Most American fathers say they are heavily involved in hands-on parenting, the researchers found.

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mylittleidDec. 20, 1312:25 PM

My wife worked evenings when our kids were little, so it was just me and the kids. I think it strengthened my relationship with them. If Mom was around, they tended to gravitate toward her, but without her around Dad was it. I made dinner, cleaned up, did the baths, read to them, and put them to bed. It was exhausting after a long day at work, but I look back on it and I am grateful for the time I had with them. We are still a close family today even though they are adults now.

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