Working Dads Don't Think They Spend Enough Time With Kids

June 13, 2006 ( - According to a recent survey, almost a third (28%) of working dads said work is taking a toll on their relationship with their children and almost half (44%) would accept a pay cut if they could spend more time with their children.

According to a news release on the survey, three-in-ten fathers said they spend less than two hours per day with their children, while one-in-ten spend less than one hour a day with the kids. Forty percent of working dads report they bring home work at least once a week, with one-in-five doing so at least three days a week.

More than half (58%) of fathers said that, because of work, they have had to miss one important activity in their children’s lives in the past year, and almost a fifth (19%) said they have had to miss five or more, the release said.

The survey revealed that the fathers polled do not think that their companies are as flexible for them as for working mothers (See Working Moms Want More Time with Kids). Forty percent of working dads say their companies offer flexible work arrangements, compared to 53% of working moms, according to a news release on the survey. polled more than 225 men employed full-time with children under the age of 18 who are living at home.