Researchers polled 1,000 fathers and found that around that 44 per cent of dads genuinely believe their childrens’ friends and parents see them as one of the ‘cool dads’.
Competitive dads are a tedious bunch. According to the research they like to brag about their kid’s achievements on Facebook, always ensure their children have all the latest high-tech gadgets and buy them designer clothing.
Arriving early to nab a front row seat for the school play and booking extravagant holidays before making sure everyone knows about it are also tell-tale signs.
The study also found two in five fathers admit they feel pressure to be liked by their kids’ friends. *sigh
Behavioural psychologist Jo Hemmings, who worked with Vue on the project, said: ”More than one quarter of dad admitted it’s purely because they want the best for their child, but a great deal of this highly-competitive streak is down to dads simply wanting to be better than their counterparts.”
Researchers also found more than one third will volunteer for everything at their school in a bid to impress, while three out of ten admitted being concerned about impressing other fathers in the school playground.
However, it’s teachers dads seem to be hellbent on impressing over anyone else. Three in 10 dads will spend hours helping out with homework – great news for mums, I guess. And just under half admitted attempting to get their child to volunteer for as many school plays, nativities and contests as possible.
Good luck with that.
It doesn’t come as a surprise men are getting competitive when three in ten dads are envious of other dads and their organisational attributes. The study, conducted via OnePoll.com, also found seven in ten will ensure their child always ‘looks the part’ on non-uniform and fancy dress days.
The reason for all this silliness? They simply want the best for their child. Indeed, more than a quarter of those polled confessed to trying a bit too hard to impress simply because they want their child to thrive.
Top 10 signs of a competitive dad:
1. You always try to win the ‘dad’s race’ at school sports day
2. You shout from the side-line at every sports event and match
3. You coach your children at weekends so they win at sports day
4. You ensure your children have all the latest technology and gadgets
5. You constantly brag about your children’s achievements on Facebook
6. You complete your children’s homework so they get higher grades
7. You dress your child in the latest designer/sports brands
8. You queue up for ages before a school play just to get the front seats
9. Your have the newest, biggest car
10. You go on the best/most exciting or extravagant holidays
Nation’s top three movie dads:
1. Robin Williams as Daniel Hillard/Mrs Doubtfire (Mrs Doubtfire)
2. Liam Neeson as Bryan Mills (Taken)
3. James Earl Jones as Mufasa (Lion King)
Nation’s three worst movie dads:
1. Danny DeVito as Harry Wormwood (Matilda)
2. Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance (The Shining)
3. James Earl Jones as Darth Vader (Star Wars)