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The Key To Happiness For Millennial Men Are Children

Dorathy Gass

Most single men dread the thought of settling down in a committed relationship and having kids, however, according to a recent report, millennial dads seem to have higher levels have happiness when it comes to home and work, versus single men.

The report surveyed 1,100 millennials, ranging between 22 and 35 years of age, with a minimum of two years in a professional environment, working for one of five big global corporations in the financial services sector, insurance, accounting, or consulting.

As per the report, that was conducted by the Boston College Center for Work and Family, millennial fathers were happier with their places of work and career milestones, and were likelier to remain with companies, versus the single men surveyed. Millennial men were 20 to 40 percent likelier to feel that their conditions around life were excellent, that they have received the important things they have wanted out of life, and that they were living close to what they considered an ‘ideal life’ to be.

These results seem a bit surprising, since research has indicated that millennials seem to on a path of decreased marriage rates by 40 years of age, lower then any other past generation.

On another note, the report also revealed that millennial fathers, and mothers alike, stress around achieving that feeling of “having it all”. Even further to this notion it seems millennial dads find it harder to balance work and home life/family, with 19 percent of dads claiming this, compared to 15 percent of moms.

Still, careers and moving up that proverbial corporate ladder seem to be more of a priority for millennial dads, versus the mothers surveyed. Seventy-four percent of millennial moms state they want more work challenges, versus the 88 percent of millennial fathers. Furthermore, 69 percent of millennial moms are looking for career advancement, compared to 82 percent of the dads surveyed.

CNN advises that the most interesting part of the report was that those millennial dads, that shared the caregiving duties with their partners, seemed to score higher around work and life happiness, compared to those millennial dads who left a majority of the child caring responsibilities to their spouses. These dads, in fact, felt conflicted, as they thought the responsibilities should be more shared; instead, their partner ended up doing more than they did.
Known as egalitarian dads, these fathers that split the caregiving duties also hit a higher score, versus the other fathers, when it came to respect at work, and feeling as one of the group at their work.

While feminists have been promoting egalitarian roles for years, co-author Brad Harrington noted he thinks that his report reveals some hard data on the positive aspects of sharing caregiving responsibilities.

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