Here's a new stress-reliever for overloaded dads: Go home tonight and fold the laundry!
In a finding that bodes well for de-stressing moms, a new British study reports that men are happier when they split the domestic duties with their partners and spend more time with their kids.
The survey, which interviewed more than 1,000 fathers over two years, reports that 82 per cent of men said they'd like more time with their family, and agreed that it was not a "woman's job" to look after children.
In fact, the happier dads had partners who worked full-time and roughly the same hours that they did. They also had two kids, on average. Dads with one or three children reported higher levels of stress.
<p> Researchers at the Lancaster University Management school said the study suggests that employers need to be more adaptive to the desires of fathers, while not assuming the burden of childcare will be carried by their female employees. </p> <p> Caroline Gatrell, the lead researcher of the project, which was carried out by a non-profit organization called Working Families, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/nov/04/fathers-happier-more-housework-study">told the Guardian</a>, "Fathers want to spend more time with their children and are doing more of the direct care for them." </p> <p> Someone might want to mention this trend to former Liverpool soccer star John Barnes, who won't be winning any father-of-the year awards after he ditched his son's birth to watch a soccer game. </p> <p> When the birth of his son was reported on air, one of the announcers asked him if he'd like to go to be with his wife. "I'll stay for the second half," <a target="_blank" href="http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/UK-News/John-Barnes-Birth-Football-Pundit-Stays-In-TV-Studio-To-Watch-Match-As-His-Son-His-Born/Article/201011215797296?lid=NewsYourWay_ARTICLE_15797296_John_Barnes%2C_Birth%3A_Football_Pundit_Stays_In_TV_Studio_To_Watch_Match_As_His_Son_His_Born">shrugged Mr. Barnes</a>, who was providing colour commentary, instead making a lame joke about heading to the hospital depending on the score. </p> <p> Since he already has seven kids, and this was his third with his present wife, the big day may feel a little ho-hum. </p> <p> <a target="_blank" href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/nov/08/john-barnes-absent-from-babys-birth">As one British commentator </a>later wrote, there are only a few reasons why you should bail on your child's birth, among them being: "if you are surgeon in the middle of a quadruple by-pass." </p> <p> A soccer game, you gotta figure, doesn't cut it. </p>