In a survey of 500 Chinese fathers, driving their children to school and extra curricular activities was voted the most important fatherly responsibility, followed closely by “doctor visits” and “discipline,” The Wall Street Journal reports. I guess “playing catch” didn’t make it on the survey this year.
The results were released by communications company JWT, and despite seeming to show that Chinese fathers are slacking off, these numbers actually show that they seem to think they are more involved in parenting than previous generations. In the same survey, 90 percent also said that they thought the Chinese corporate world wasn’t accommodating enough to fathers and their families.
“The old perception that ‘men work outside; women take care of the home inside’ has now changed,” said head of strategic planning at JWT Delia Liu, pointing to the increased participation of women in the workforce and their rising incomes. “That’s changing how couples relate to each other and divide the workload at home. More men are pitching in with chores and with the kids,” she said.
The Chinese obsession with their kids is nothing new, and the one-child policy has only fueled this obsession. Perhaps with daddy in the picture a little more, something can be done about this generation’s little emperors.
By Lauren Holdcroft
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