Parents must share responsibility in bringing up their children

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 17 June, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 17 June, 1999, 12:00am

A good father should be responsible and understand his children's needs, according to the chairman of the Committee on Home-School Co-operation.

'We can't draw the line between the roles of a mother and a father. The father is no longer just a breadwinner; both parents share the responsibility in bringing up the children,' said Tik Chi-yuen.

Mr Tik, a father of two, admitted: 'I don't think I'm a good father at all . . . I still have many things to learn because I didn't spend much time with my children, particularly when I worked in the Legislative Council.' Mr Tik has a 14-year-old daughter and a son, four, who is more dependent on him.

'My son is full of energy. He loves embracing and playing with me. He wants me to accom pany him all the time.' The former legislator said men were always at a crossroad between career and family.

'When my daughter was born, I was swamped with my job in Legco.' Mr Tik then decided to switch his focus to home-school co-operation.

His move created a stir in political circles, but he said he made the right choice.

'I still remember when I gave a speech on parent-child relationship.

'I saw my children left alone among the guests, while the others were accompanied by their parents. Since then, I've promised myself to spend more time with them.' Mr Tik said the relationship with his own father was quite good. 'Though we didn't have much time to talk, we love each other. In his mind, I'm still a child.'