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3 Ways Fathers Make a Difference

The way a father acts with and towards his child has a big influence on his child’s development. Through current scientific research we are now articulating some of the specifics. We can no longer burden mothers with placing the psychological well being of their child solely on the mother-child bond. A number of writers are now making the scientific research on fatherhood  available in “decoded” formats for every parent to have access to. Here are three ways dads make a real difference in the lives of their children.

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Current Trends in Reseach on Fatherhood

Some current trends for dads from our editorial staff at the Fathers’ Forum blog.

Researchers from Yale University scanned the brains of 16 university-educated professionals at different stages of their young child’s life, and discovered that becoming a father can trigger a major brain chemistry change.

When a couple is expecting a baby, it’s not just the mother that goes through hormonal changes. A new study suggests impending fatherhood coincides with a drop in two hormones in men—testosterone and estradiol—even before the baby is born.

How President Johnson’s War on Poverty had unexpected outcomes for Black Fathers.

The world of fatherhood is changing in so many ways. Stay informed of the current trends in fatherhood here on our blog. If you want to discuss the changes you are going through as a dad join one of our groups in the San Francisco area in California or our developing online community at the New Dads Network.

 

 

How I Stayed Present With My Child Even When He Didn’t Want Me There

Mark Steizner is our guest blogger this week. He is an apprentice  at the Fathers’ Forum Programs and co-leads our Thursday evening “Men’s Group for Fathers of Young Children.” For more of Mark’s terrific writing on becoming a dad visit his blog “Dad in the Here and Now.”

One of the hardest things for a father is when your child seemingly doesn’t want to be with you. About a month ago my twenty month old son wanted to be with his mommy all the time. Then my in-laws would come over and he’d want to be with them. He’s a toddler and it’s really nothing personal but it was breaking my heart. You can’t help but love your child deeply, and want to be around them.

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