For too long, we have 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?
What happens 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 have 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. Download and start listening now!