A soon-to-be-published study indicates that Moms nearly always end up being the nighttime caregivers for children, regardless of whether they work outside the home. This confirms what Moms already know, of course.
The research, which will be published later this year in the sociology journal Social Forces, was the largest study of its kind to look at the issue of equality in nighttime child rearing. Researchers say they weren’t surprised that women tend to be on the “night shift” but they were surprised that the status didn’t change when education or employment are taken into account. The researcher looked at about 18,000 employed partners and discovered that working mothers were 2.5 times more likely than employed fathers to interrupt their sleep to care for a child.