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June 22, 2009 at 11:17 AM

Lunchbreak: Bill Gates and his dad interview for Father’s Day

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The best advice Bill Gates’ dad gave him? Forcing him to play sports he sucked at.

That’s according to a Father’s Day interview the two did with Fortune magazine in Paris. The rest of the advice is pretty ordinary — sitting down to Sunday dinner regularly, wearing the same pajamas for Christmas each year.

Either they’re deliberately hiding the Harry Potter magic or the stuff you’re already doing as a parent — dragging your kid to Little League to sit on the bench — is a billionaire’s upbringing. Try reconciling that with our columnist Danny Westneat’s Sunday piece on the crazy schedules parents and kids endure.

There’s one interesting nugget in the middle of Fortune’s magazine piece which hints that Bill Gates’ parents sent him to meet with a therapist (interview says “professional) when he was 12 or 13, which dramatically improved his relationship with them.

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