Dads Don't Babysit
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Dads Don't Babysit

    1. Chad Welch
    2. Petition by

      Chad Welch

      St Peters, MO

The Census Bureau states, "Deciding which child care arrangement to use has become an increasingly important family issue as maternal employment has become the norm, rather than the exception." However, the Census contradicts itself by assuming in the SIPP (Survey of Income and Program Participation) that moms are the designated parent and dads are a childcare arrangement.

If this is the norm, and decisions about child care arrangements are increasingly important, then it is increasingly important to accurately portray such arrangements. To equate father-provided care with grandparent, or sibling provided care, as something functionally different from mother-provided care, does not accurately portray the arrangement, or the social, economic, and policy consequences of it.

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    • Chris Harmon COARSEGOLD, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      My husband is half of the parenting team. We work opposite shifts so we do not have to use child care. When he is home alone with the children- he is parenting- NOT *babysitting* It makes me so mad when people refer to en as babysitting their own children. He is fully capable. As was my own father.

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    • Chris Wilcoxon WOODBURY, MN
      • almost 2 years ago

      I'm tired of being considered 'Mr Mom' or a second class parent becaise I'm raising the kids instead of my wife.

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    • Grant Mandsager ARLINGTON, VA
      • almost 2 years ago

      As a loving partnership, my wife and I have decided that the best arrangement for raising our children is for me to be at home, not working. The Census should not denegrate that choice by equating it with non-parent (meaning non-mom) childcare.

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    • Tom Klein BOTHELL, WA
      • about 2 years ago

      I'm a proud and happy SAHD. Parenthood is parenthood, no matter the gender!

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    • BrIan Barber NORTH CHARLESTON, SC
      • about 2 years ago

      Because fathers matter

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