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In Love With an Italian Man? Beware!
Here is fair warning to any woman who falls in love with an Italian man: Marry him and don't expect much help around the house, including taking care of the children.
That's the word from a new international study conducted by Italy's statistics office, Istat. Why are Italian men such duds at home? Two reasons were cited:
1. Late bloomers: Italian men become first-time fathers much later in life than men in other countries. The average age for Italians to become dads is 33, compared with younger than 31 for men in Spain, France and Finland. On average, Italian women have their first baby at age 27, six months before women in Finland.
2. Blame it on their mothers: As many as 40 percent of Italian men ages 30 to 34 still live with their parents, far longer than anywhere else in the world. When they eventually become fathers, they do little to help their wives since they are so accustomed to being waited on by their mothers.