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