Thirty years ago men were much less inclined to help out, spending an average of 45 minutes doing the housework and only cooking one evening meal a week. Now, the average father spends four hours and 15 minutes on chores every week and is involved in the kitchen on four out of seven nights. The study also found that only half of fathers get married before having their first child, compared to 78 per cent in the 1970s. The poll, of 3,000 adult men, revealed fathers are also leaving it later in life to settle down, with the average man having his first child at the age of 27, three years later than they did in 1978. Fathers also appear to be taking their financial responsibilities more seriously, with three quarters of men waiting until they can afford to bring up a child. Less than half of fathers did that in the 1970s. The research also found that the average father meets with friends twice a week and has two family holidays a year.
"The modern day dad is a refined version of the father figure 30 years ago. Despite having children later in life, men seem to muck in more nowadays by cooking, cleaning and helping out around the home," the Telegraph quoted a spokesman for Debenhams, which carried out the poll, as saying.
"It is also now quite the norm to become a dad out of wedlock too. The trend has obviously been sparked by more couples choosing to live together before marriage as well the rising cost of weddings," the rep added.