Families Commission research released today Heart and Head, showed that 60% of fathers think the media portrayed them in a poor light, and half thought that society overall does not recognise their importance.
The Commission undertook a representative telephone survey of more than 1,700 respondents earlier this year. On average they say they spend 37 hours per week with their children and think they are doing at least a satisfactory job of it.
The survey gives a picture of parenting in New Zealand that is very much shared between fathers and mothers in every respect now. However, 68% of dads said they would like to spend more time with their children, and work commitments were most often cited as the primary obstacle.
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