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How do they do it? A time-diary analysis of how working mothers find time for the kids

2 Feb 2005
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Although working parents are obliged to use non-parental childcare, this does not reduce their parental childcare time on an hour-for-hour basis. How do parents continue to be engaged in direct care of their own children while also committing significant time to the labour market activities? Using data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics Time Use Survey 1997, Lyn Craig shows how parents maintain their time commitments to both work and childcare by reducing the time devoted to other activities (principally sleep, leisure, bathing, dressing, grooming, eating) and rescheduling activities.

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