The value of the work was based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for how much similar jobs earn in the outside work world, reports Tahmincioglu.
Another survey by the labor bureau found that on an average day 20 percent of men did housework such as cleaning or laundry, compared with 49 percent of women. Forty-one percent of men did food preparation or cleanup, compared with 68 percent of women.
But dads are taking on more domestic duties. A survey by Salary.com found that the amount of time dads are working in the home is increasing.
Nancy Folbre, an economics professor at the University of Massachusetts, said that while women are doing more work around the house, according to these surveys, don’t give too much credence to the findings.
“They underestimate both what mothers and fathers do.”
Quite true. The work my husband does for our family is priceless. Happy Father’s Day, honey.
One Hip-hop music dad, Sean “Diddy” Combs, was recently in the middle of a small debate. Combs’s son, Justin Combs, has received a full athletic scholarship to play football at the University of California in Los Angeles.
The young Combs graduated with a 3.75 grade-point average, but some questioned if the cash-strapped university should have given a scholarship to the son of an entertainer reportedly worth an estimated $475 million, reported Kate Mather of the Los Angeles Times.
UCLA has said that the money used for Justin Combs’s merit-based athletic scholarship wouldn’t affect need-based scholarships awarded to other students, Mather reported.
Nonetheless, Fox News commentator Bill O’ Reilly said Diddy should have encouraged his son to turn down the scholarship.
“Once the scholarship is granted . . . and it goes in the records that the kid earned it, [he] should’ve said, ‘You know what, we’re not gonna take it,’” Reilly said on his TV show, “The O’Reilly Factor.”
The Baltimore Sun compiled a roundup of comments from sports writers on whether Combs’s son should have taken the scholarship.
“Yes, Justin Combs should forgo his UCLA scholarship,” wrote Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune. “Right after Alex Rodriguez tears up his next Yankees check (direct depositing might make that a challenge) and Mark Zuckerberg forfeits shares of his Facebook stock. Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’ might be worth $475 million, but that doesn’t mean his son has to pay some kind of college estate tax.”
David Teel of the Newport News Daily Press wrote: “How many children of privilege do you think are on scholarship? Not just for football, but for basketball, tennis, music and math? Hundreds? Thousands? Should they compete and work pro bono the rest of their lives because Dad or Mom is successful? We teach our children to strive and work, and when they do, they deserve the reward.”