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Daddys’ Girl

by | 30th, November 2005

‘SEE dad changing little Armani’s nappy. Look on as he catches up with some other young dads over a mid-morning coffee. Watch dad as he pops a few Valium as he sits slumped in front of Richard & Judy and wonders how a life that promised so much came to so much drudgery.

Makes you sick

That’s the image of the modern dad. But it’s just not true. “Why today’s new father is a myth,” says the Mail. “He gives less time to his children than the men of 40 years ago.”

And this is no mere guesswork. The paper has research to back up its headline, looking to work carried out by the Institute of Education at London University.

Research says that “new dad” is a fantasy. And the richer you are the less time dad has for you. Dads in professional and managerial jobs are less likely to share the burden to raising the children equally with mum than fathers in low-skilled work.

But who needs time? Better jobs mean more money. Dad’s wage packet might not buy her love, but little Armani will at least be able to muddle by with her new pony, her life-sized dolls house and robotic pet dog.

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