Good dads know. Sometimes it doesn’t take much.
Ask Scott Buie, a Kansas City, Kan., father of five: “Nothing glamorous, just doing things with the kids. Everyday things. Talking, biking. Listening to my daughter after she’s read a book.”
For Anthony Barber of Parkville, it’s as simple as asking for a day off to spend at his daughter’s school. For Dustin Boatright of Independence, it’s making hot chocolate and hashing out on the couch a third-grader’s woes.
“We’re not out to make perfect fathers,” said Carey Casey, chief executive officer of the National Center for Fathering, headquartered in Shawnee. “Some of the greatest moments I have with my son are when I say I’m sorry.”
You’ve perhaps never heard of his organization. But the White House has.
The NCF’s programs, common-sense initiatives aimed at helping fathers connect with their families, are all over a presidential task force’s report on “Fatherhood and Healthy Families,” and the Obama administration wants some of its ideas tried everywhere.
For Father’s Day, we look at dads touched, turned around or made taller — heroic in their kids’ eyes — by an area group gaining national stature, doing simple things.
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