Just when you think it can’t get any worse, the BBC are reporting that if you live in Japan, it is now possible to rent a dad:
“The website says the “dad” will help the children with their homework. He will sort out problems with the neighbors. He will take the kids to a barbecue or to a park. He could also appear at the daunting interview with a nursery school head teacher which parents are required to endure in order to persuade the principal to give their child a good start in life.”
Apart from the obvious child protection concerns, I have two big issues with this: firstly, the concern for young people that they have random adults coming in to the family to occasionally be a parental figure that they aren’t – what happens when the young person discovers this; secondly, is society so poor that we don’t develop family or friendships, and instead rent them in for those special occasions?
What do you think?