Average time spent caring for household children, 2006–2010
September 02, 2011
For the combined years from 2006 to 2010, adults living in households with children under 6 spent an average of 2.0 hours per day providing primary childcare—childcare done as a main activity, such as physical care of children and reading to or talking with children—to household children.
For the combined years from 2006 to 2010, adults living in households where the youngest child was between the ages of 6 and 17 spent less than half as much time providing primary childcare to household children—47 minutes per day.
Among adults living in households with children under 6, for the combined years from 2006 to 2010, women spent an average of 1.1 hours per day providing physical care (such as bathing or feeding a child) to household children; by contrast, men spent 26 minutes providing physical care.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Average time spent caring for household children, 2006–2010 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2011/ted_20110902.htm (visited January 17, 2021).
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