New survey reveals top 50 skills that make a ‘great dad’

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  • A new survey has been released revealing the must-have skills to make a ‘great dad’.

    If this new list is anything to go by there’s some serious pressure on dads these days to be pretty much perfect for their kids.

    According to the research, as children get older they look to their fathers to do more and more for them such as fixing bike punctures, putting up tents and setting up wifi.

    This new information has come from a survey of 2,000 dads from the makers of kids-favourite TV programme Bob the Builder, in which it transpired that half of fathers felt like they had let their child down when unable to fix a toy.

    ‘The huge list of dad skills show just how many roles dads have to fill in the upbringing of their children. They’re fixers, builders, comedians, sportsmen, the list is endless,’ a spokesperson for the children’s programme said.

    Top 50 ‘great dad’ skills

    1. Being calm during family arguments

    2. Driving while constantly being distracted

    3. Fixing a bike puncture

    4. Undoing difficult knots

    5. Putting up a tent

    6. Keeping confidences

    7. Double checking nothing has been left behind

    8. Setting up and tuning the TV

    9. Cooking on a barbecue

    10. Tying shoelaces

    11. Blowing up lots of balloons

    12. Tying school ties

    13. Changing a tyre

    14. Setting up WiFi

    15. Plastering holes in walls

    16. Flipping pancakes

    17. Putting up a bunk bed

    18. Teaching kids to swim

    19. Cooking a fry-up

    20. Setting up a new game on the computer

    21. Lighting a fire

    22. Fixing toys

    23. Telling bad jokes

    24. Go-to person for opening jars

    25. Setting up a new games console

    26. Cleaning stains off carpets

    27. Fitting a loose bicycle chain

    28. Removing adhesive substances from surfaces

    29. Taking kids to after school clubs

    30. Removing toys from tough packaging

    31. Setting up new toys

    32. Teaching kids how to play football

    33. Taking good family photos

    34. Pumping up footballs

    35. Picking blackberries

    36. Flying kites

    37. Making a good bacon sandwich

    38. Rebooting computers

    39. Setting up a paddling pool

    40. Fixing scooters

    41. Building tricky playsets

    42. Updating mobile phones

    43. Putting up birthday banners

    44. Always having the right batteries

    45. Soothing a nettle sting

    46. Role play

    47. Installing tricky software on laptops

    48. Building good sandcastles

    49. Throwing properly

    50. Cleaning football boots

    What do you think of the list, is there more to being a great dad or do you think these ring true? Let us know in the comments below!