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Average hours per day parents spent caring for and helping household children as their main activity

Charts related to the latest "American Time Use Survey" news release   |   More chart packages

Average hours per day parents spent caring for and helping household children as their main activity, 2018 annual averages
Activity Parents, child under age 18 Fathers, child under age 18 Mothers, child under age 18 Parents, youngest child 6-12 years Fathers, youngest child 6-12 years Mothers, youngest child 6-12 years Parents, child under age 6 Fathers, child under age 6 Mothers, child under age 6

Total, caring for and helping household children

1.39 0.87 1.82 1.02 0.69 1.30 2.15 1.30 2.82

Physical care for household children

0.53 0.26 0.77 0.28 0.14 0.41 0.96 0.46 1.34

Reading to and with household children

0.04 0.03 0.06 0.03 0.02 0.04 0.07 0.04 0.09

Playing with household children, not sports

0.31 0.23 0.36 0.10 0.10 0.11 0.60 0.46 0.72

Activities related to household children's education

0.11 0.07 0.15 0.18 0.10 0.24 0.08 0.05 0.11

Note:
Some caring activities are not shown.
Data refer to persons 15 years and over.