Do Fathers Matter?

Do Fathers Matter?

What Science Is Telling Us About the Parent We've Overlooked

Book - 2014
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A 2015 National Parenting Publications Awards Gold Winner
A Mom's Choice Awards Gold Medal Winner

For too long, we've thought of fathers as little more than sources of authority and economic stability in the lives of their children. Yet cutting-edge studies drawing unexpected links between fathers and children are forcing us to reconsider our assumptions and ask new questions: What changes occur in men when they are "expecting"? Do fathers affect their children's language development? What are the risks and rewards of being an older-than-average father at the time the child is born? Whathappens to a father's hormone levels at every stage of his child's development, and can a child influence the father's health? Just how much do fathers matter ?
In Do Fathers Matter? the award-winning journalist and father of five Paul Raeburn overturns the many myths and stereotypes of fatherhood as he examines the latest scientific findings on the parent we've often overlooked. Drawing on research from neuroscientists, animal behaviorists, geneticists, and developmental psychologists, among others, Raeburn takes us through the various stages of fatherhood, revealing the profound physiological connections between children and fathers, from conception through adolescence and into adulthood-and the importance of the relationship between mothers and fathers. In the process, he challenges the legacy of Freud and mainstream views of parental attachment, and also explains how we can become better parents ourselves.
Ultimately, Raeburn shows how the role of the father is distinctly different from that of the mother, and that embracing fathers' significance in the lives of young people is something we can all benefit from. An engrossing, eye-opening, and deeply personal book that makes a case for a new perspective on the importance of fathers in our lives no matter what our family structure, Do Fathers Matter? will change the way we view fatherhood today.

Publisher: New York : Scientific American, c2014.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780374141042
0374141045
Branch Call Number: 306.8742 RAE
Characteristics: 272 p. ; 22 cm.

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dante_pilgrim
Nov 22, 2015

Not a very useful book for fathers looking for advice.

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lcalvillo
Oct 23, 2014

I was extremely disappointed in this book. I expected the book to present a strong argument on why having children grow up with their father is important. I expected human research and advice on what father's can do to have a more positive impact on their children. Instead, this book was mostly dedicated to explaining genetics, on why it is important to pick a healthy father. The author used scientific research done on mice to prove the genetic argument that it is not just the health of the mother that determines how a child will develop physically and emotionally, but the father's contributions are equally (if not in some cases more of a predictor) important. All I got out of this book is to make sure I pick a healthy sperm donor. The book barely talked about the effects or benefits of growing up with or without a father and the only thing that was mentioned that dads should do or the most important thing they can do is play with their children. That is great, but the book could have given even better advice than just that and spent less time proving that sperm matters and more on after the sperm has been given, what father's can do to help their children grow into healthy adults.

Samuel A Marcum Sep 05, 2014

Fantastic book! I recommend it for fathers, (eventual) fathers-to-be, and ...yes...mothers!

Raeburn writes accessibly and is very open with his personal views, but this all is done in a well formed manner with thorough thought and research. More authors should be so astute, studious and thorough in forming their work.

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