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"They help us understand the temperament of our children and help us parent, not based on what our parents did or what we see in the media, but based on what the child in front of us needs," Dyer said. "Engaging in these activities enables us to tailor our parenting to the child and it provides us a deeper knowledge of who our children are."
As fathers have taken on more roles it has created additional stress. "It’s a blessing and a curse," said Dyer. "It was easier to have a single role."
Father’s Day index
This annual report determines “the value of dad” by multiplying the hours he spends on everyday tasks in a 12-month period by the average wage for that particular job from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Family accountant, $824 » 30 minutes a week, 52 weeks per year, $31.70 per hour.
Plumber, $182 » 2 hours, three times a year, $30.40 per hour.
Homework helper, $10,550 » 10 hours per week, 40 weeks per year, $26.38 per hour.
Coach, $934 » 4 hours per week, 10 weeks a year, $23.35 per hour.
Handyman, $968 » 8 hours per week, six weeks per year, $20.18 per hour.
Auto mechanic, $357 » 2 hours per week, 10 weeks a year, $17.85 per hour.
Toy/furniture assembly, $458 » 3 hours per week, 10 weeks a year, $15.25 per hour.
Pest removal, $61 » 1 hour per week, four weeks a year, $15.15 per hour.
Scout leader, $701 » 5 hours per week, 10 weeks a year, $14.03 per hour.
Driving/carpool $6,318 » 9 hours per week, 52 weeks a year, $13.50 per hour.
Moving furniture, $79 » 2 hours per week, three weeks a year, $13.10 per hour.
Cooking/barbecuing, $1,1603 » 3 hours per week, 52 weeks per year, $10.28 per hour.
Mowing lawn/landscaping, $1,069 » 2 hours per week, 52 weeks per year, $10.28 per hour.
Dad’s 2014 value » $24,103
Of course, the payoffs are greater. "It helps you engage more fully with these amazing individuals we have," he said.
Charlie Van Wagoner agrees.
"I’ve had several different jobs and being a stay-at-home dad is the hardest one I’ve ever done, both physically and mentally," he said. "But it’s great when your kid looks up to you and you see how proud they are of you."
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