New research has revealed that dads tend to be happier parents than moms due to the tasks they undertake while spending time with their children.
We are well into the 21st century and with that, men and women are thankfully becoming more and more equal. Sadly, we are not all of the way there yet. That goes for the workplace, in sport, and even with parenting. Truth be told, it is impossible for mom and dad to be entirely equal when it comes to parenting, at least until science figures out how men can also become pregnant.
Once the child has arrived the way in which moms and dads care for and interact with them isn't entirely equal either. For the most part, men pitch in as much as they possibly can. However, it is still true that the mother is the one who has to take on the larger share of the childcare. There has been a shift, but that uneven split is still there.
A new study by the University of California Riverside has found proof of that, as reported by Motherly. Researchers looked into the results from three different studies that tried to discover whether dads are happier parents than moms or vice versa. While all parents were happier engaging in activities with their kids than without, dads appeared to be far happier while doing so.
There is a simple reason as to why that is, and it isn't because dads enjoy spending time with their children more than moms do. It relates to the above. That the moms are more likely to be engaging in activities that aren't considered fun. Bathing, feeding, diaper changing. Meanwhile, the dads are stereotypically going to be messing around and playing games.
What this all boils down to is dads needing to take on more of the less fun parenting roles, rather than the other way around. Moms can't play with their kids more than they already do a lot of the time since they don't have the energy. Society needs to continue down the road it is currently headed so men and women, and hence moms and dads, become entirely equal. That way, moms and dads can be equally as happy to spend time with their children.