For too long, we’ve thought of fathers as little more than sources of authority and economic stability in the lives of their children. Drawing on research from neuroscientists, animal behaviorists, geneticists, and developmental psychologists, among others, Paul 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.
Why we like it:
The author has done a wonderful job of shining a spotlight on a very neglected topic. He appears to be aware of his own biases as a father and does his best to move beyond personal experiences and preferences to look for research based facts about the information he is reporting. I highly recommend this book, not just to fathers, but also to parents, pediatricians and mental health professionals.
Excellent book. It looks at social and scientific reasons as to why fathers have been ignored, or at least overlooked, in studies assessing the development of children, and how that’s a disservice to all members of the family. It examines the role of men in early society, and how that has evolved to today’s standards in which more men play prominent roles in family life than ever before. The author did fantastic research that is presented in an easy-to-digest manner.