Survey finds mom can move in—sigh
There’s a reason more people sport “Mom” tattoos than “Dad.” If a mom moves in with an adult child, she’s much more likely to help out with the housework and kids than if dad moved in, according to a new survey commissioned by Visiting Angels, an in-home senior-care franchise based in Baltimore.
Dads really get a bum rap in this survey of 1,100 people. Seventy-five percent of those responding to the questions said their father had worse hygiene than their mother and would be more likely to say inappropriate things. The real problem, we’re guessing, is that dad more so than mom would want to control the television remote control (69 percent.) Who bears the brunt of caring for aging parents? According to the survey, 32 percent say the child who lives the closest is called into duty more often than other siblings, but only 3 percent believe the caregiver should be the child who got the most attention and stuff growing up.
But, dads, before you start feeling like the Rodney Dangerfield of parenting, remember: You rarely hear, “Your dada’s so fat, he...” or carnal-knowledge jokes about dads like you do about mothers.