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It does not matter as much what you do as a father as the heart and investment you make.  Stay deeply engaged with your children.  A good analysis of studies in China follows in this WSJ article.

“When it comes to parenting, Chinese fathers say the most important role they play is that of the family chauffeur.

In a survey of 500 Chinese fathersreleased earlier this week by communications company JWT, respondents ranked driving their children to extracurricular activities and to school first and second, respectively, as the childcare responsibilities they most viewed as the responsibility of the male in the family. More than two-thirds of Chinese fathers surveyed said they saw these tasks as their responsibilities, not their wives’.

Fathers ranked handling doctor visits, disciplining children and helping with homework third through fifth on the list of daddy jobs.

Chinese men view parenting differently from their American counterparts. In a similar survey completed in the U.S. earlier this year, more than 80% of American fathers said discipline was their top role, with homework help ranking second.

Zhang Xiaoyan, a housewife in Shanghai, complained that driving the children is the only task her husband does at home. Men are under greater stress to support the family by working long hours, so they want “easy” tasks that don’t involve a lot of thinking, she said.”

http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2013/11/21/a-chinese-fathers-most-important-job/  read the rest here.


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