Daddy exam quizzes men on potties and parenting

Reuters 14 September 2007
Fathering Japan, a Tokyo non-profit organisation has come up with a ‘daddy exam’ to raise awareness about fatherhood in a country where men tend to work long hours and leave their wives in charge of childcare and household chores.Who played the father in the movie Kramer versus Kramer? That’s one of the 50 questions Japanese men could face in a “daddy exam”, meant to raise awareness about fatherhood in a country where men tend to work long hours and leave their wives in charge of childcare and household chores. Even men who remember Dustin Hoffman struggling as a father in the movie may have a hard time answering questions ranging from potty training and baby food to politics, such as the percentage of gross domestic product used for parenting support.Tatsuya Ando, director of Fathering Japan, a Tokyo non-profit organisation that came up with the test and will offer it to eager dads from next March, said the exam was a catchy way to get fathers into parenting. “There just isn’t enough information about parenting for fathers. Through the exam, we want men to realise that they don’t know anything about child-rearing,” he said.

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