As the author of Fathers Matter and as someone who has written about the subject of fatherhood from a biological, psychological and legal perspective, and who firmly believes that we have two parents for good reason, this book was a “must read” for me.
This book is extensively researched, well referenced and clearly written. It gives a well-rounded and balanced view of parenthood generally. The research the author details in the book reveals or rather confirms that fathers do have a profound impact on their children’s lives from conception to adulthood and how important the role of a father is and how that role is played out in his children’s lives. The role is different from that of the mother but compliments rather than conflicts with it.
It was interesting to read about a father’s role in terms of a child’s development both physically and mentally and of course behaviourally. The chapter relating to older fathers was particularly enlightening as there is a lot of information available about the increased risks where older mothers have children, but very little has been written about fathering a child at an older age and what impact that might have on the child.
I found the part relating to our genetic make-up fascinating and how research using mice, emperor penguins, monkeys, seahorses and voles, to name but a few of the examples provided about fatherhood in the animal kingdom, has given scientists a greater understanding about parenthood and how fathers interact with their offspring.
This book is an insightful read into fatherhood. It affirms that fathers really do matter.
About the author Paul Raeburn:
Paul Raeburn is a journalist, blogger and writer. He is the author of the About Fathers blog at Psychology Today magazine, and a regular contributor to many magazines and websites, including The New York Times Magazine, Discover, Scientific American, and The Huffington Post. He is also the chief media critic for the Knight Science Journalism Tracker at MIT. On Friday afternoons, he can be heard regularly as a panelist or occasional guest host of NPR’s Science Friday.
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