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sending lighthearted texts throughout the week and passing along his thoughts on a variety of subjects in longer emails when he wants to call their attention to something important. During the weekends, Henderson coaches one daughter's team, plays sports and exercises with his girls, and stocks the refrigerator to encourage hanging out at home with friends. He is also careful to give the kids space when he is home. As his 16- year-old daughter, Noelle, explains, "My mom is there when I need advice, but when I am having a bad day, my dad can cheer me up and doesn't have to ask a lot of questions. He just says something nice, and leaves it alone." David Clapham likes to connect with his kids over dinner after days in his lab at Children's Hospital. As his wife Susan explains, "When my husband is able to join us for dinner, the topics become much more far-ranging than our usual casual chit-chat. He likes to quiz the kids about geography, history, science, and teases them mercilessly when they display an occasionally appalling lack of knowledge about the subject. They accept it in good spirit from him, whereas if it came from me, it would probably really hurt their feelings. When they were younger, they all loved the gentle roughhousing and chasing he would do; I think as teens they see his teasing as much the same thing. He brings a playful touch to their relationships, and I think they benefit a lot from that." Cultural shifts and social trends will continue to shape our views of fatherhood in the future, as they have in the past. Today there are many ways to be a successful father and create delightful memories for our families, whether on Father's Day or any old day. 153 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 4/28/14 12:05 PM Page 153

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