In Father and Child Reunion, the bestselling author of Why Men Are the Way They Are and The Myth of Male Power demolishes conventional wisdom about the nature of fatherhood and shows how the courts, media, and government create a vast array of subtle, immensely powerful undercurrents that separate men from their children.
Anyone who cares about fatherhood and parenting, anyone interested in the legal and emotional issues that divide fathers from children, anyone viewing fatherhood from the perspective of a journalist, social worker, or lawmaker, and especially any single, married, or divorced parent needs to read Dr. Warren Farrell's thoughtful and challenging book.
Dr. Farrell has drawn on research from around the world to uncover paradigm-shifting findings:
•Why studies show that both boys and girls who grow up with single fathers do better psychologically, socially, and academically than those who grow up with single mothers.
•What distinguishes a mother's instinct from a father's instinct, and why children benefit from both.
•Surprising discoveries on the impact on children of stepparents; of one parent's moving a child away from the other; and of a parent's bad-mouthing the absent parent.
With evidence from court cases, law enforcement records, national statistics, and therapeutic case studies, Dr. Farrell illustrates how the judicial system, media, and government often make an enemy of dads. He explains how fathers enjoy virtually no naturally assumed parenting rights within the legal system and how, even in other, less typically confrontational arenas -- such as our school system -- a wide range of unreported forces divide fathers from their children.
For all its explosive conclusions, Father and Child Reunion ultimately calls for a rejoining of families and of children with parents who can care for them. Dr. Farrell has written what may be the most significant book on perhaps the most significant issue facing men, parents, and families today.
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