Parental time investment in their children


There have been substantial changes in British families over the last couple of decades: families have become smaller, marriage rates have declined, mothers have entered the labour market in larger numbers, lone parenthood has increased and parenthood postponed.  In the face of these substantial changes, how have British parents fared in terms of the time they invest in bringing up children? Are young children receiving less parenting today than they used to? Have British fathers increased their contribution to childcare?

In this briefing note we use nationally representative time use surveys conducted in the last five decades to investigate the trends in time investment in young children in the UK. CSI 27: Are British parents investing less time in their children?