A successful modern man? Dad who does chores
BEING able to cook, having a loving family and being good at housework are abilities men should have if they are to be considered successful in 21st century life, according to a study released yesterday.
A poll of 2,000 people found that the definition of success does not necessarily include traditionally masculine jobs. More than half those polled rely on the older generation to help them with practical tasks such as putting up shelves and changing car tyres.
When it comes to life skills, men admit to being poor at managing finances, negotiating with tradesmen and being the breadwinner for their family when compared with their father, the research commissioned by labelling company Nametags found. Women, on the other hand, wish that their other halves were as good at being romantic, chivalrous and wellgroomed as previous generations.
The modern man has more success than their predecessors when it comes to household chores. As many as 85 per cent say they are better than their fathers at cooking, food shopping or doing housework.
Men and women agree the modern man is more in touch with his emotions than his father. Talking openly about feelings is considered one of the most important skills required to be an accomplished man. More than a third of adults agree that being open about mental health is essential. Being a good father (36 per cent), being happy (35 per cent), having great manners (33 per cent) and confidence (33 per cent) are all considered key.
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