Tuesday 27 September 2016

The 30 things that will make you a great dad, according to kids

Published 08/06/2016 | 15:40

The long list of requirements needed to secure dad perfection rates kindness and hardworking as the most sought after qualities in a dad
The long list of requirements needed to secure dad perfection rates kindness and hardworking as the most sought after qualities in a dad

Children can often be the world’s harshest critics and a new study has revealed just what they’re seeking in the ideal dad.

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The long list of requirements needed to secure dad perfection rates kindness and hardworking as the most sought after qualities in a dad, but fathers must also have a good humour to boot, according to the research.

Unfortunately for the try-hard Daddies, just 50pc of children consider their dad perfect, and just four out of ten felt their dad ‘tries his best’ to fulfil all of his fatherly duties.

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The research, conducted by Braun, surveyed more than 1,500 children between the ages of five and 18 to scope out their thoughts on the makings of a great dad.

Dad perfection is a hard standard to reach, as children not only expect their dad to be comfortable being the butt of all family jokes, but their old man must also be able to act ‘cool’ with their friends, and be generally stylish.

30 things that make a good dad according to children

1) Makes you feel special and loved

2) Is hard working

3) Helps with homework

4) Is patient and kind

5) Spends more time with family than mates

6) Gives great hugs

7) Stays calm

8) Treats mum with respect

9) Is not embarrassed to say ‘I love you’

10) Is cool with your friends

11) Tells good jokes

12) Is a safe driver

13) Teaches you to ride a bike

14) Able to join in sports games

15) Doesn’t dress embarrassingly

16) Never undermines mum

17) Sets a great example in all things

18) Shares all responsibilities

19) Reads bedtime stories

20) Is happy to be the butt of family jokes

21) Teaches you how to be good with money

22) Cooks up a great barbecue

23) Can put up a shelf

24) Gives regular kisses

25) Always on the other end of the phone

26) Plays football with you

27) Can change a tyre

28) Is not over-protective

29) Can get to locations without using satnav

30) Can cook the perfect steak

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