Being a parent is perhaps the toughest job on the planet. There is no real guide book and despite any advice you receive, each kid is different and each situation is its own. It is a tough gig, it never ends, and it is perhaps the most important job you will ever have. It is not the only job for most though, as money needs to be made to feed the children, put a roof over their heads, and to buy them clothes. Being a working parent is hard, especially for dads, because they can miss out on many family events. Where you live can dictate if it is a little easier or not. Which state is the best to be a working dad, which is the worst, and how does Idaho compare?

The Best and Worst States to be a Working Dad

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Being a working dad can be tough, especially if you have a job that forces you to miss games, birthday parties, or holidays. WalletHub recently released a list of the best and worst states to be a working dad and used categories such as economic and social well-being, work-life balance, child care, and health. It was determined that Massachusetts is the best state to be a working dad, with Washington DC coming in at second, even though it isn't technically a state, and Connecticut coming in at third. The worst state to be a working dad in is New Mexico, with Nevada being the second worst and Mississippi rounding out the bottom three. 

Is Idaho a Good State to be a Working Dad?

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When it comes to being a working dad in Idaho, you may want to contemplate moving or quitting your job. Idaho may not be one of the worst five states but it does come in at 44 out of 51, making it the eighth worst state. Idaho is 39 in economic and social well-being, 36 in work-life balance, dead last at 51 in child care, and 25 in health. One thing that is good for Idaho is that Idaho is tied for the top state with the lowest unemployment rate for dads with young kids. While the state might not be good for working dads, they are at least finding ways to support their families in Idaho. 

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While most parents don't want to work, somebody has to for the good of the family. The break away from your kids might be good for you mentally as well. If you are unhappy with your job and how much you work, you may want to contemplate moving to one of the states higher up on the list, and there are many to choose from. To see the full list, make sure to click the link above.

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