National Dads Matter Week: 6-11 December 1

It’s unfortunate that the announcement of National Dads Matter Week was embargoed until it actually started (today), but nevertheless I’m happy to promote it, despite the fact that a few people (single mums it seems) are mortally offended by who’ve chosen to promote it.

Granted, it’s another “special week” promoting something, but when it comes to dads, I’m all for promoting them whenever and wherever. It seems to me that dads get a raw deal, stereotypically being absent or ineffectual, being given a poor deal in employment law, and often being seen as secondary to the mother.

So, what is National Dads Matter Week?

It “aims to raise awareness of the important role dads play in the upbringing and education of their children”. The video below explains the initiative further.

As part of the week, a survey of 2,000 British parents turned up the following results:

  • 73.3 per cent of parents said dads were very or extremely important to their child’s development.
  • 87.2 per cent of dads interviewed felt they were a good role model for their children and the majority (74 per cent) of parents thoughts dads were equally important to their sons as well as daughters.
  • Nearly 20 per cent (19.6) of dads feel left out of their child’s upbringing whilst 62 per cent of parents thought dads could be more involved with their children.
  • The majority of parents 32.9 per cent said their child spends between 2-4 hours a day with their dad.
  • 70.6 per cent of respondents thought children spend the most time with mum.
  • 37.1 per cent of respondents believed their children enjoy spending more time with their mum whilst 34 per cent felt their child enjoyed spending more time with their dad.

Here are some tips on how to make the most of the Week, and beyond:

  • try to spend twice the amount of time your normally do with your children this week.
  • organise a special Dads and Kids day at the weekend (it doesn’t have to be expensive, you can just go to the park, go on a bikeride, have a film night – just doing something together is good).
  • try changing your routine around a bit, if you don’t normally do bedtime stories, make it your turn.

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