A single mom in Shenzhen managed to recruit a stand-in father for her daughter after publishing an announcement online seeking a “temporary dad” to accompany her kid to attend school activities on Children’s Day.
The mother, surnamed Huang, said she divorced her ex-husband many years ago and her 10-year-old daughter Xin Xin never saw or spoke to him. Xin Xin felt particularly left out ahead of the June 1 International Children’s Day, as her school had organized activities requiring the presence of parents.
Huang took matters into her own hands and posted a notice on May 30 seeking a temporary dad. She told reporters that her daughter’s fill-in father had to meet a couple crucial requirements—he must be married and he must have a stable job.
“His job is to take part in school activities with my daughter. I will pay him 500 yuan. If he agrees, he can take Xin Xin to play in parks and go out to eat with her. I’ll pay for other expenses as well,” said Huang.
Not long after the announcement had been posted, Huang heard from five applicants, and eventually deemed one man surnamed Zhu a suitable candidate.
“I’ll treat Xin Xin as my own daughter and spend a whole day with her,” Zhu said.
Of course, netizens were divided on whether the gesture was sweet or a bit over-the-top. Either way, the concept of “renting out” a man ahead of a big holiday isn’t entirely uncommon. Some single Chinese women pay thousands hiring a temporary boyfriend for the Spring Festival, in an attempt to avoid a parental inquisition about their plans to settle down and start a family.
By Lucy Liu
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