Modern dads are more ‘hands-on’ than previous generations ever were, a survey revealed yesterday.
Researchers found millions of working fathers return home from gruelling day shifts and immediately take over cooking the tea or feeding and bathing the children.
A third of fathers now regularly get up in the middle of the night to comfort, feed or change the baby.
It also emerged one in five dads often cook the evening meal.
The trend was revealed in a study carried out by the Perfume Shop.
Yesterday a spokeswoman said the image of a father coming home from work and slumping onto the sofa for the evening was a thing of the past.
And she added: ”The behaviour of modern dad has shifted over the years.
”More couples take on an equal share of bringing up children and running the home and all the responsibilities don’t necessarily fall on mother as they would have done years ago.
It’s great that so many fathers are so hands on, it can only be a good thing for children to have their dads involved.”
The report revealed the average father returns from work at 6pm.
Twenty per cent then go on to make dinner every night and a third takes it in turns to prepare the family meal with their partner.
Three quarters take charge of the bedtime routine and a third get up in the night to tend to crying children.
The study also found 21 per cent of fathers struggle to meet the expectations of both their wife and their boss.
Nearly two-thirds said they were much more ‘hands-on’ than their own father was with them while they were growing up.
And 67 per cent of dad’s say they are much more likely to take charge of the kids if they have an accident or are taken ill.
Four out of ten claimed that being run ragged at home often makes it difficult to concentrate at work according to the poll by the Perfume Shop.
The same number also said dads are busier than ever before – but one third feel undervalued or unappreciated.
One in ten Dads finally settles down to relax at 9.30pm. Although one in twenty don’t finish chores until 10pm.
Half of the 2,000 working dads who were polled class their job as ‘high pressured’ with 60 per cent claiming at least five people work under them.
But not only are men doing more child care and household chores than ever before – three quarters still claim to be the main breadwinner.
The Perfume Shop spokeswoman added: ”Working long hours with stressful commutes and bringing up children is by no means easy and dads can often get over looked.
”They have a lot of responsibility on their shoulders and should get rewarded for their efforts.
”With Father’s Day coming up it’s a great opportunity to say thanks to your dad and show them just how much you care.”
A third of fathers expect to get spoilt rotten this Father’s Day although a more humble 65 per cent don’t want ‘a fuss’.
MODERN DAD’S CHORES
(and the percentage who carry these out daily)
Tend to children every night 22 per cent
Take turns with mum
Get up early with children daily 31 per cent
Get children washed and dressed 51 per cent
Take kids to school
Play with the kids after work 87 per cent
Make dinner every night 19 per cent
Wash up daily
Oversee bedtime routine daily 19 per cent
Provide daily entertainment
Deal with accidents / mishaps 34 per cent
Share role with mum 31 per cent
DAD’S OTHER CHORES
(and the percentage who carry these out WEEKLY)
Clean the house
Wash and iron
Play sport with the kids 41 per cent
Help with homework
Ferry kids to clubs and hobbies 38 per cent
Assemble toys and equipment 38 per cent
Attend sporting events 28 per cent
Pick up kids from parties 28 per cent
Make school projects
Clean out pets
Walk the dog that the children wanted 10 per cent