With Father’s Day coming up on June 21 and the school year coming to a close, the online learning platform Brainly surveyed 800 U.S. dads to find out how the coronavirus has changed their work and family life.
1. APPRECIATION NATION. Roughly 79% of dads said being at home more has helped them realize and appreciate everything their spouse handles at home. In addition, 78% of dads said they have a newfound appreciation for their kids’ teachers after having to help their child homeschool during the closures.
2. A FULL-TIME JOB. Nationwide 41% of dads said their work productivity has been negatively impacted by working from home, and 54% said they have had a work call or video conference interrupted by one of their kids.
3. GLASS HALF FULL. Perhaps the most touching finding from the survey? Over 69% of dads said the biggest silver lining during the pandemic for them has been getting to spend more time with their families. In addition, 56% of dads said they feel even closer to their families than before (and not just physically).
4. HOMEWORK STRUGGLES. No shocker here: 68% of dads reported helping their kids with homework more amidst COVID than they did previously. In addition, nearly 83% of dads said they are relieved the school year is over because of the constant homeschool and homework struggles it caused.
5. FAMILY MAN. Roughly 57% of dads said they have finally at least somewhat adjusted to “new normal” of pandemic parenting, and 56% said they are experiencing less stress than they did at the beginning of quarantine.
6. LENDING A HELPING HAND. Approximately 57% of dads said they have increased the amount of time they spend helping with household chores since the pandemic began. The top 5 states where the majority of dads have increased their household duties are:
4. North Carolina
Eric Oldfield, Brainly’s Chief Business Officer, has been working from home during the pandemic with his wife and two daughters, ages 7 and 10, at their New York City residence.