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 (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 (1.7 hours). However, they spent less time providing secondary childcare on weekdays than on weekend days--4.5 hours compared with 7.6 hours.

Weekday time use of married women living with young children, by employment status
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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.)



Charts from the American Time Use Survey

Household activities


Last Modified Date: October 23, 2013