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Dads named kids number one heroes

Dads named kids number one heroes

Sorry mums, dads have pipped other role models to the post to be named children’s biggest modern-day hero, a new UKMums.TV study has found.

Close to 600 parents answered our Modern Day Hero survey and fathers came out top as boys’ and girls’ number one hero, with 35.7% of respondents saying their children class the male parent as their top role model for being “fun” and “strong”. One told us their child’s dad was their number one hero because “he’s there every morning and night and is big and strong enough to give her rides on his shoulders”.  Mums were named top hero by 24.5% of respondents.

Firemen are clearly all the rage, too, as the majority of parents (63.6%) said, of all the emergency services, their child would most like to work for the Fire Service, many inspired by their love of their favourite TV fireman, Fireman Sam. The Police came in as the second most popular choice (17.9%) while the Ambulance Service made it in to third (15.6%).

Interestingly, though, when parents were asked to name who their hero was when they were younger, the majority (32.1%) said their mum, putting the female parent top against dad (26.5%) for their generation. We carried out the survey for toy producer Character Options to celebrate the latest addition to their Fireman Sam range, the brand new Electronic Pontypandy Fire Station which replicates the new Fire Station from the latest Series 10.

Who’s your child’s top hero? We’d love to know! Tell us over on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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