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It’s Not Just You! Many Working Dads Would Rather Stay At Home With Their Baby, Too

Surprising new figures show just how many fathers would rather be stay-at-home dads than work

More than a fifth of dads would rather stay at home with their baby than return to work, reveals a new survey.

The figure was announced following a survey of 1,000 parents and expectant parents by My Family Care, commissioned for launch of the Work and Family Show, which begins today.

The survey also showed that more than a third of the men polled were offered no flexibility on their return to their job and had to work full time. 

The results weren’t limited to men. The survey found that a shocking 80 per cent of new mums feel guilty about returning to work, while only 39 per cent of men shared the same guilt.

The survey also showed that more than a third of the men polled were offered no flexibility on their return to their job.

But the percentage of those who wished they hadn’t of returned to work once they became parents was almost equal for both genders.  Around 24 per cent of the polled women and 22 per cent of the men would rather have stayed at home.

When asked about their performance at work post-baby, 20 per cent of women claimed to be less confident compared with 2.5 per cent of men. And only 20 per cent of both the men and women said they can agree with the statement, ‘I have found a balance and feel like I have it all.’

Mother and Baby's Editor-in-chief Claire Irvin will be at the Work and Family Show today, joined by business leaders, employment experts, and entrepreneurs – all sharing their parenting advice in interactive and lively debates.

Would your partner rather be a stay-at-home dad? Let us know in the comments bow below.

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