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August 29, 2012 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

How do married parents use their time?

Average percent of married fathers (employed full time with household children age 18) and married mothers (with husbands employed full time and household children under age 18) engaged in selected activities per weekday, 2009 annual averages
Married fathers Married mothers
Activity  All  Wife
full time
part time
not employed
 All  Employed
full time
part time
Not employed


15.1 18.5 14.4 11.6 60.2 44.9 65.4 78.9

Food preparation and cleanup

43.8 50.2 44.5 36.0 84.6 78.7 89.0 90.3

Childcare (for household children)

56.3 59.1 60.4 51.4 86.8 81.0 89.8 93.2

These data are featured in the TED article, How do married parents use their time?.