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Poll shows that children know little about their fathers

Staff writer, with CNA

Results of a recently published survey showed that Taiwanese fathers need to work harder on improving their relationships with their children, as nearly half of the children polled were unware of their father’s hobbies.

Of the children questioned, 49.9 percent said they had no idea of their fathers’ interests and hobbies, according to the survey conducted among third- to fifth-graders by the Child Welfare League Foundation in the run-up to Father’s Day tomorrow.

The poll showed that 36.9 percent did not know the date of their father’s birthday, while nearly 30 percent were unaware of their father’s age or job, the foundation said.

Nearly 40 percent of the students complained that their fathers were too busy to help them with schoolwork, while 24.4 percent said their fathers did not have time to play with them, the results showed.

In a multiple-choice questionnaire, 73.5 percent of the kids said they felt that it was of the greatest importance that fathers look after and spend time with their children, while 41.7 percent said it is more important that their fathers focus on their work.

In terms of the respondents’ favorite father figures, US Major League Baseball pitcher Wang Chien-ming (王建民) came in first, followed by Stone (石頭), guitarist of rock band May Day (五月天), and Hong Kong star Andy Lau (劉德華).

The foundation called on fathers to work on improving their relationships with their children and suggested that fathers hug their kids for at least 30 seconds a day, spend at least 30 minutes with their children each day and to try avoid working too much overtime so they have more time for their kids.

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