Fathers in Tai­wan not giv­ing enough time to chil­dren, ac­cord­ing to sur­vey

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Fathers in Tai­wan dis­play three alarm­ing fea­tures — “not talk­ing much, com­ing home late and of­ten dis­ap­pear­ing” — ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey pub­lished Tues­day.

The Child Wel­fare League Foun­da­tion, in a sur­vey on ex­changes be­tween chil­dren and fathers in the run-up to Aug. 8 Fa­ther’s Day, found that 54 per­cent of chil­dren don’t talk to their fathers for more than 30 min­utes a day, with 6.4 per­cent ex­chang­ing less than one sen­tence with their fathers a day.

Over a quar­ter of the chil­dren (26.6 per­cent) have din­ner with their fathers fewer than three days a week, and one third (36 per­cent) of fathers have never at­tended school ac­tiv­i­ties of their chil­dren, mainly be­cause they are at work, are oth­er­wise too busy, or have no in­ter­est, the sur­vey shows.

Even though fathers don’t seem to give enough time to their chil­dren, 43 per­cent of the chil­dren sur­veyed said their fathers “are will­ing to give me sup­port, recog­ni­tion and praise.”

Over half of the chil­dren sur­veyed also said that their fathers have taken leave to care for them when they are ill.

Asked about an ideal fa­ther, 52 per­cent said a fa­ther that of­ten take them out for fun is per­fect, 51 per­cent said a fa­ther who doesn’t smoke, while 43 per­cent said the per­fect fa­ther is one who of­ten lis­tens to what they have to say.

Foun­da­tion CEO Chen Li-ju said that although chil­dren and their fathers live un­der the same roof, their time to­gether is mis­er­ably lit­tle.

She urged fathers who are of­ten oc­cu­pied with work to make ef­forts to im­prove their re­la­tions with their chil­dren by pro­mot­ing a “new good fa­ther” cam­paign.

She was re­fer­ring to talk­ing with their chil­dren for 30 min­utes a day, hav­ing din­ner with their chil­dren three nights a week and at­tend­ing three school ac­tiv­i­ties each year so that they can stay abreast of their chil­dren’s sit­u­a­tion.

The sur­vey was con­ducted be­tween May 11 and June 15, col­lect­ing 1,395 ef­fec­tive sam­ples, with a mar­gin of er­ror of 2.56 per­cent­age points.

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