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Survey Reveals Stay-at-Home Dads Are the New Wave of Parenting

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This Father’s Day, make sure to get dear ol’ Dad an extra-special gift because he’s taking extra special care of you these days.

According to a new study, there were 2 million stay-at-home dads in 2012 (the most recent year for which data was available). That’s nearly double the 1.1 million in 1989. The high-water mark for stay-at-home dads was 2010, when 2.2 million went that route.

Stay-at-home parents are still mostly mothers, but men are gaining. In 2012, 16 percnet of all stay-at-home parents were dads, a steep jump from the 10 percent in 1989.

So, why are fathers leaving the traditional job behind to remain with the kids in the house? About 35 percent say they’re sick or disabled, ahead of the 23 percent who say they cannot find a job and those who are in school, retired or other (22 percent).

Another 21 percent say they’re intentionally staying home so they can care for the family.

Those figures paint quite the contrast from the 73 percent of stay-at-home mothers who say they remain home specifically to look after their family.

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