WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2014

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Fathers have remained in the research spotlight in the ensuing years, as researchers have explored the impact of fathers' increased involvement with their children. Studies spanning ethic groups, income levels, and family arrangements have found that fathers' increased involvement pays off in spades. "When dads are actively and positively involved, their kids develop fewer behavior problems, do better in school, avoid using drugs, delay sexual activity, and develop stronger close relationships with others as they become adults," explain Philip Cowan and Carolyn Pape Cowan, psychologists at Berkeley. The research also shows that more engaged fathering creates happier and more effective dads: They find parenting more satisfying, feel more important to their child, and are more likely to have positive interactions with their children. These dads are also healthier, better able to understand themselves and others, generally more successful at work, and are more satisfied with their marriages in midlife. How are busy dads in Wellesley and Weston finding ways to connect with their children? For many years, Mike Milway chose to be the primary caregiver for his and his wife's three children. A history professor, Milway taught classes part-time at Wellesley College and a handful of other schools, while also making lunches, driving carpool, attending games, and ensuring that homework was completed. 151 s u m m e r 2 0 1 4 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e M E D I A B A K E R Y 148-153_WWMb14_family mttrs_dad_v2_WellesleyWeston Magazine 4/25/14 11:06 AM Page 151

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