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Dads have a variety of roles but survey reveals people forget to say those magic words


DADS do so much for everyone, taking on the role of mechanic, plumber, chef, gardener and taxi driver, yet it’s hard to pinpoint exactly what their job is – and it seems it’s even harder to tell them we love them.

National polling on behalf of occasions retailers Clintons has given an indication of the jobs fathers up and down the country will do for their children, even after they’ve left home.
Bilendi carried out an omnibus poll of 2,001 UK adults in April and the data suggests the most common support from dads sees 68 per cent giving general advice, financial support from 43 per cent with 38 per cent helping on the household chores and DIY front.
The survey found that Northern Ireland is home to the most counsellors, with 85 per cent of those polled saying they regularly rely on their dad for advice. Meanwhile, handymen are plentiful in both London and Wales, with 44 per cent in those regions saying they call upon their dad for regular help with household DIY.
In the North East, dads often take on the role of taxi driver (38 per cent), whereas Welsh fathers are most likely to be the on-call mechanic for their children (45 per cent).
In Yorkshire and Wales, dads are top for providing financial support, even after their children have left home – 40 of all adults aged 55-64 admit to regularly relying on financial support from dad.
Those living in the East of England are most likely to ask for regular help with their own children (22%) compared to Yorkshire (10%).
According to the survey, other things dads help with range from teaching maths, pet-sitting, decorating and financial accounting to “keeping me up to date with Scottish Railway Preservation”!
However, despite many dads supporting children long into adulthood, 41 per cent can’t remember when they last told their dad they loved him and 11 per admitted they have never said the magic words.
Nicola Miller, head of dards at Clintons, said: “Outdated views around parental roles have shifted in recent years. Dads are often the first person we turn to in times of trouble and this relationship continues long into adulthood.
“Despite this, it can be hard to tell dads we love them. Sometimes the words I Love You just don’t come naturally. Father’s Day is a wonderful chance to show some love to the gardeners, plumbers, counsellors and taxi drivers that for many, work tirelessly to make our lives easier.”
The majority will spend Father’s Day with their dad this year, with 42 per cent of people saying they will see their dad on Sunday, June 17, and a further 18 per cent saying it is very likely.
Nicola added: “We stock a range of captioned Father’s Day cards for those who struggle to find the words and need a little helping hand. We support fathers in all forms from step dads to doting granddads, we also have a range of blank cards for those who are ready to put pen to paper this year and write their own gesture of thanks.”

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