Testosterone is out, tolerance is in, and the little things really count.
That’s the verdict from new research which shows that today’s dads rate the old fashioned virtues like chivalry and kindness to older people way ahead of top performing academic achievement.
The survey, by Sudocrem makers of Antiseptic Healing Cream, asked dads what they wanted their sons to have achieved by the age of sixteen.
Three quarters put helping an old lady across the road as their top goal – well in the lead compared with the 24.7 per cent who voted for the importance of securing a clutch of top grades at GCSE, and the minuscule 15.8 per cent who wanted their sons to be asked to captain a sports team.
Courage, a thoroughly traditional virtue, came high up the list, with just under 70 per cent of fathers saying they would be proud if their sons made a stand against a school bully.
And though fathers do also enjoy having a winner in the family, however, with forty per cent keen for their sons to have come first in a sports day event, they’re also a modest bunch, despite reports to the contrary.
Dads also have a clear idea of what they don’t want their sons to have achieved by their mid-teens. Under forty per cent would view their son’s first date before the age of 16 as an achievement. Bottom of the charts, however, comes computer game success. Only just over 10 per cent felt that having a son who had the highest ranking on Call of Duty would be cause for celebration.