"Honey, I'm Home!" More Men Than Ever Are Stay-at-Home Dads

A new study reveals some surprising facts about families with stay-at-home-dads

A new study that looks at family structure and work trends has revealed something that lots of modern moms -- including this one -- already know: more men than ever are stay-at-home-dads.

The study, which was led by University of Illinois sociologist Karen Z. Kramer and will be published in the Journal of Family Issues, analyzed government data and found that over the past decade, about 550,000 dads stayed home with their kids. That’s about double the number of SAHDs back in the '70s -- and Kramer's team expects the number to keep climbing.

The study yielded some other interesting findings, too:

--On average, homemaker dads are older than homemaker moms.

--Families with a SAHD earned about $11,000 less in the past decade than families with a SAHM.

--More stay-at-home dads (about 36 percent) have less education than their wives, compared to 27 percent of stay-at-home moms who have less education than their husbands.

An earlier Pew Center study found even more interesting information about SAHDs -- including the fact that they help more with housework and child care (well, duh) than working dads do, and more than their working partners, as well.

As a working mom with a stay-at-home/actor husband, I can attest to that. I'd like to say my hubs and I split chores evenly, but the fact is he does his share -- and a lot of mine, too. (Laundry, I don't miss you.)

Erika Rasmusson Janes is a mom of two and writer. You can follow her at Google + and Twitter.

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