Do Fathers Matter? A Video/Book Combination


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#9683 This unique video and book combination addresses an important question for families and single parents — How important are fathers in the lives of children? 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?
  • What happens to a fathers hormone levels at every stage of his child’s development, and can a child influence the fathers health?
  • Just how much do fathers matter?

In the video Fathers Matter (#8637), urban dads – married, single, and divorced – reflect on what it means to be a father, their influence on the next generation, and new roles, challenges, and opportunities for fathers in a changing society. Viewers meet fathers such as:

  • Alton, a divorced African American father of two, who shares his insights on putting the children first, making tough choices and sacrifices, and hanging in there when the going gets tough.
  • Todd, a divorced white father of two boys, who speaks about the multifaceted role of being a father.
  • Simon, an immigrant from the Dominican Republic who is the married father of two boys. He comments on how he tries to do better than his own father and what to pass on to his sons.
  • Don, a married African American father of five, emphasizes the importance of paying attention to his children’s school work and their social development.
  • Felder, a single African American father of one son, who talks about how he overcame his addictions, attended father support groups, and gained custody of his son.
The video includes discussion guidelines. Viewing time: 19 minutes. Can purchase separately for $79.95. This video is available in three versions: English, dubbed in Spanish, or English with open captions. This video is part of the Families Talk About…Series.

In the book Do Fathers Matter? What Science Is Telling Us About the Parent We’ve Overlooked(#9103), 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, he 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 regardless our family structure. 288 pages. 2015. Can purchase separately for $19.99. SPECIALS: 10 copies for $199.95; 100 copies for $1,839.00.

Combined price — $99.95. SPECIALS: 5 copies of combination for $469.95; 10 copies of combination for $929.00.


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