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What Makes a Good Father

- By Mao Danqing

AJapanese student in my class did a small survey for her paper, which asked just one question: What makes a good father? She received more than 100 email responses and came up with the top three characteri­stics of a good father:

1. A good temper

2. Nice to mom

3. Smart and funny

After piquing my curiosity with the top three, she then proceeded to outline the rankings past the top three:

4. Smart dresser / up with the times

5. Fun talker and good listener 6. Enjoys his work

7. Manly

8. Good with children

9. Has a lot of friends 10. Good at sports

I asked her, “What do you think of these answers?”

She thought for a second before answering, “I couldn’t help but notice that no one considers a man with money and power.” (From Shanghai Elderly News, June 20, 2020. Translatio­n: Lu Qiongyao)

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