Adult children still turn to dads for advice

It doesn't matter how old their children are, dads are still helping out with practical advice that saves thousands of pounds, according to a new study.

On average, fathers spend two and a half days a month helping out or advising their adult children on a whole host of practical issues, according to research by Saga Home Emergency.

Given that the average male salary is £30,724 that equates to £3,387 worth of advice every year.

A helpful hand

Unsurprisingly, the most popular advice sought from dads is on DIY, with 49% of the people surveyed saying they ask for help on this subject. Some 42% turn to their dads if there is a home emergency and 40% get financial advice from their fathers.

"It seems that fathers up and down the country are regularly relied upon to give a helping hand," says Roger Ramsden, chief executive of Saga Services.

"Of course dads are keen to help but some are better at DIY than others, so for those trickier jobs that could have serious consequences if they go wrong it might be best to leave them to the experts."

The figures show that daughters are more likely to go to their fathers for help than sons, with women getting an average of three days help a month compared to two days for men.

Financial issues is most common reason daughters seek the help of their fathers, with 43% of the women surveyed saying they seek money advice from their dads.

People aged between 18 and 24 are the most likely to turn to their fathers for advice, while almost half of those aged 35-44 still regularly seek help from their dads.

Even fathers with children who are in their 50s still find themselves regularly helping with DIY, money matters and home emergencies.

"Perhaps if an emergency should arise on Father's Day children will remember to give their dad a break and call out an expert," says Ramsden. "At the very least they should pop round to make their dad a well-earned cup of tea."