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Based on thirteen years of research, "FATHER AND CHILD REUNION: How To Bring The Dads We Need To The Children We Love" will force a re-examination of the circumstances in which a dad or a mom is best for children. For starters, some findings on children with single parents ....
· Children do better with single fathers than with single mothers. Both boys and girls are healthier and do better psychologically and academically, as well as socially.
· Even characteristics such as empathy are exhibited more by children brought up by single fathers.
· Single fathers experience less stress juggling children and work than do single mothers.
What family structures are most likely to be in the child's best interests? Dr. Farrell's findings suggest the following ranking:
(1) the intact family;
(2) shared parent-time (joint physical custody);
(3) primary father time;
(4) primary mother time.
While the intact family is the winner, Father and Child Reunion makes it clear why, if divorce cannot be prevented, children being primarily with their dads gives children more of both parents than when they are primarily with their mothers; reduces a mother's economic dependency on a man, and reduces men's ten times greater suicide rate after divorce.
Does Dr. Farrell conclude, then, that men are better at fathering than women are at mothering? No. But he does conclude that we have been waging a "War Against Fathers" – and mothers and children are among the losers.
Father and Child Reunion answers questions relevant to every family.
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Prior to Father and Child Reunion, Dr. Warren Farrell wrote the award-winning international bestsellers "Why Men Are The Way They Are" and "The Myth of Male Power," and "Women Can't Hear What Men Don't Say" – a Book-of-the-Month Club selection. He is on the boards of numerous fathers' organizations and is the only man in the US ever elected three times to the Board of Directors of the National Organization for Women (NOW) in New York City. He has appeared repeatedly on Oprah, Donahue, CNN, on PBS and 20/20 specials, and often written for the New York Times and USA Today. The Financial Times has chosen him as one of the world's 100 most-innovative Thought Leaders.From Library Journal:
Like his earlier Women Can't Hear What Men Don't Say, Farrell's latest book will evoke strong responses with its polemically argued thesis: that fathers are often missing from the family equation and that this is to the detriment of both children and mothers. His research shows, for instance, that children with involved fathers score better on academic and social competence measures as well as on physical and psychological health tests. Issues like child support, visitation, and the female domination of legal proceedings are critiqued and shown to be frequently unfair to men. Unfortunately, Farrell's intensely pro-male tone pits men against women and obscures otherwise thought-provoking comments. In addition, the style is often overly dramatic, e.g., the author asserts that the denial of father-time is "one of the most documentable forms of child abuse." For a positive, supportive title, try Divorced Dad's Survival Book: How To Stay Connected with Your Kids (Perseus, 2000. reprint). For only the largest public and academic libraries. Douglas C. Lord, Hartford P.L., CT
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