Parenthood // Duping Dad this Father’s Day?

Busby is the master of manipulation when it comes to twisting Nick around her little finger – and the end goal is generally ice cream or chocolate cake…! It begins with mobilising the puppy dog eyes; those are usually enough. But if that fails (rarely), then a sweet, polite “Please Daddy” will do the trick. I imagine she will be doing this all of tomorrow, despite it being Father’s Day!

Financial Fraud Action UK (FFA UK), the leading charity for combatting financial fraud, have released new research into male financial fraud, just in time for tomorrow. Did you know that 66% of British men believe they will never be duped by fraudsters, as they are so confident in handling their money? I definitely know a couple of people who think this way. However, national statistics show that over 40% of men fall victim to financial fraud each year.

FFA UK asked me to chat to Busby about how we could prevent naughty people from tricking Daddy… She decided to get creative in the garden this afternoon, and came up with Super Daddy, who throws orange juice over the baddies to make them sticky so the police can catch them. I think it’s a pretty good idea really!

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FFA UK is encouraging men across the UK to be on high alert this Father’s Day, as the best fraudsters are most likely to take advantage when we have our guard down.

To emphasise how vulnerable men really are into being tricked, the charity commissioned bespoke research with One Poll to a sample of 1,000 children aged 6-12 years to show how easily Dads can be tricked by their children.

The top five ways our mini masters manipulate their dads are:
1. Smiling sweetly (41%)
2. Offering a hug (40%)
3. Saying please and thank you (35%)
4. Trying to make Dad laugh (20%)
5. Saying they’ve done well at school (15%)

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The data also revealed some of the ‘watch words’ kids use when trying to get their own way. These include: “don’t worry Dad, its fine, I always do it” and “all my friends do it all the time” (I definitely used to try this one when I was younger!).

“Mum said I could” came out as the favourite, with 43% of kids saying that this is the phrase they use the most (Busby is a fan of this one already at age 4!). “Mum always lets me”, was another favourite, with 33% of children saying it to get their way. Kids really do make an effort to play the adults off each other, don’t they??

Mums aren’t completely innocent in this trickery however, with 35% of kids saying that they team up with their Mum to trick their Dad. One of the main reasons for this team-working is that both Mums and their kids want to be taken somewhere by Dad (53%), or because they want to watch something else on TV (40%).

Do you team up with your children to trick Daddy? Or do your children team up to trick you?


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*Post written in collaboration with Financial Fraud Action UK*

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