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Parenting in a Nutshell: Help kids remember why they love Daddy

| Saturday, June 8, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Father's Day is on the horizon (June 16) and, while the role many fathers play today has evolved, the love children have always felt for their fathers remains — sometimes for traditional reasons, sometimes for more contemporary ones.

More than 70 million men in the United States have children. Here are the lucky children of some of them:

“When my father says he is going to do something, he always does. He never lets me down.”

— Jimmy, 12

“My father lets me do fun things that my mother won't let me do, but he always tells me, ‘Don't tell your mother.'”

— Robyn, 9

“I love my father because he always takes time to play with me, even if he is tired. We play hockey up and down the hallway with brooms and tennis balls.”

— Kyle, 8

“He doesn't yell when I get a bad grade. He patiently sits with me until I understand what I didn't understand before. He will even go with me to talk to my teachers if I need to.”

— Sophie, 14

“He took me skiing and showed me how to do a snowplow so I wouldn't fall going down the hill.”

— Malcolm, 6

“For my birthday, he slept over in my room and then got up early with me to play my favorite video games and eat waffles. It was so much fun.”

— Erica, 5

“My daddy tickles me.”

— Leslie, 2

“What I love most about my father is that he wants the best for me.”

— Skip, 16

Do your kids need a little helping answering what they love about their dads? Here are some prompts to help them think it through:

My Dad helps me ...

My Dad is funny when ...

My Dad likes to read ... to me

My Dad is the Best Dad in the World because ...

My Dad likes to play ... with me.

My favorite thing to do with my Dad is ...

I love my Dad best when ...

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