dad with twinsA survey of Americans’ relationships with their  found that the  most popular gifts for Father’s Day are homemade.

– Take Your Dad Out for Their Special Day 

Nearly 40% of daughters take their dad out, while only 29% of sons do. Among those who do go out on their respective days, the majority surveyed reported it was a great restaurant and their children typically paid for the meal.

– Thank Your Dad More Outside of Their Special Day

While the majority of dads (80%) reported receiving a “thank you” in the past week.

According to the survey, nearly three-quarter of all adult kids said they have thanked their mother in the past week “just because,” while only 60% have thanked their father.

Call Dad More, Especially If You’re a Son

Dad shouldn’t just be called to get thanks’he should also just get calls more in general, according to the survey.

The survey found that 60% of adult children say they call their moms more often than their dads. Reasons include “it’s easier to talk to them,” (51%), “they have a better relationship with them” (46%), and “they are more talkative” (42%). Conversations with moms are also reportedly longer, with the average call being 16.1 minutes and the average call to dad being shorter at 11.5 minutes.

The survey also found that only 42% of dads believe their sons enjoy talking to them, versus 58% of parents who believe their daughters enjoy talking to them. Altogether, the survey found 60% of adult children enjoy talking to their parents, while nearly a quarter say they feel obliged to call them.

What’s more, daughters tend to use social media more, with only 54% of sons using social media platforms to communicate with their parents vs. the 64% of daughters who use social media platforms to stay in touch with their parents.

This study was commissioned by March of Dimes and fielded by uSamp. In this study, uSamp conducted an online survey among 2,000 Americans age 16 to 60, evenly distributed among the United States by geography, gender, and other demographics.

For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. With chapters nationwide and its premiere event, March for Babies®, March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

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