Children rate their fathers as among their least popular playmates because they are too competitive, according to research among more than 1,000 youngsters.
They “played to win”, lacked imagination or were simply at a loss as to how to play games, said the Children’s Play Council, which commissioned the survey with the Children’s Society.
Children up to the age of 12 would rather play with their friends, their mother or their brothers and sisters.
Only one in 16 chose their fathers as their ideal companion. Dads were rated slightly above grandparents (one in 33) [so what’s wrong with them, TC asks?]. One in 50 children said they would rather play on their own.
Tim Gill, director of the Children’s Play Council, said: “Dads have difficulty not being too competitive. Several fathers said they found it hard to get down to their children’s level. And they don’t find it easy to let children win.
And what does the resident sociologist say?
Frank Furedi, professor of sociology at the University of Kent at Canterbury, said: “Fathers are living through their children much more which means they lose sight of the line that distinguishes adult from child.
“It’s also partly a power control issue. Fathers want to let their children know they are still ‘players’.”
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