Evolving dads: Fathers are bringing more emotions to parenting - Trib Live Brandon Coney was playing football with son Christian, 7, when the young boy fell and hurt himself. Coney immediately could tell his son didn't want to show how shaken he was. “I told him it was OK to be upset and show emotion,” says Coney of Regent Square. “I told him he's not any less of a boy because he cried if he hurt himself. It's OK to show that.” The moment was just one of many Coney has used to teach his kids about understanding their feelings. His approach to fatherhood is not unique. A report from the Pew Research Center shows gender stereotyping in parents is undergoing a shift.