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Survey: Working dads want more family time

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• 37% of working dads would quit if spouse or partner could support the family
• Another 38% say they would take a pay cut to spend more time with kids
• 36% say their job does not offer flexible arrangements like telecommuting
By Kate Lorenz Editor
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(CareerBuilder.comexternal link) -- Don't be surprised if you see more dads on the playground with the kids during the workday.

According to a new survey, 37 percent of working dads say they'd leave their jobs if their spouse or partner made enough money to support the family.

If given the choice, another 38 percent would take a pay cut to spend more time with their kids.

Nearly one in four (24 percent) working dads feel work is negatively impacting their relationship with their children. Forty-eight percent have missed a significant event in their child's life due to work at least once in the last year and nearly one in five (18 percent) have missed four or more.

According to the survey, the time working dads spend on work far exceeds the time spent with their children.

More than one in four (27 percent) working dads say they spend more than 50 hours a week on work and nearly one in 10 (8 percent) spend more than 60 hours.

In terms of the time they spend with their children, one in four (25 percent) working dads spend less than one hour with their kids each day. Forty-two percent spend less than two hours each day.

While more companies today are offering various programs and options to promote work/life balance, some working dads say their employers are lacking in this area.

Thirty-six percent of working dads say their company does not offer flexible work arrangements such as flexible schedules, telecommuting, job sharing and more.

Richard Castellini, vice president of consumer marketing at and father of three, offers the following tips to help dads gain a healthy work/life balance:

1. Keep in touch -- While you're at work, make a quick call in between meetings and projects and let your children know they're top of mind.

2. Plan a kid-friendly potluck -- If co-workers in your department have kids, ask your boss if you can have a kid-friendly potluck for lunch on a Friday. Not only does this allow the kids to spend extra time with you, but it also gives the employees in your department time to get to know each other better.

3. Give your undivided attention -- When you're at home spending time with your family, turn off your cell phone, step away from the e-mails and give your undivided attention. If you bring work home, do it after the kids have gone to bed.

4. Keep one calendar -- Schedule baseball games and play recitals on the same calendar you use for meetings and travel to make sure you never double-book yourself. Save your vacation days for those special events in your children's lives, so you're there and in the front row.

5. Make time -- At least once a week, schedule a family activity that involves interaction such as a game, bike ride, trip to the playground, etc. Also, make sure to schedule a date night for you and your significant other.

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