Why Dads Leave: Insights and Resources for When Partners Become Parents

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At last someone has come up with the courage to tackle one of the most insidious epidemics in modern life. When men leave their families, physically or emotionally, society feels the destructive ripples for generations to come. Callander and Travis do not claim to have all the answers to this complex problem but they begin a dialogue and offer unique insights that must be heard. We have swept this one under the carpet too long.
—Dean Edell, MD, Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Healthiness

When John W. Travis, MD, lauded as one of the founding fathers of the wellness movement, became a parent, he was shocked to discover how unprepared he was for coping with the emotional challenges of parenthood. Now, his wife and colleague, Meryn Callander, shares the story of their confident plunge into parenthood and the subsequent unraveling of that confidence, as they discovered themselves floundering, exhausted, and struggling to deal with the challenges confronting them.

Why Dads Leave reveals the cultural and generational forces that are colluding to create an unacknowledged epidemic of disappearing dads—fathers leaving their families, physically or emotionally, soon after the birth of a child. Nearly twenty years in the making, this book provides insights and practical ways of preventing and healing the insidious and devastating impact of this dynamic.

Beautifully written, compassionate, and unflinchingly honest, Why Dads Leave offers understanding and hope for men—and the women who love them.

Why Men Leave speaks to the heart of what it means to nurture society and community at its most basic roots—mothers and fathers. A very important book.
—Christiane Northrup, MD, author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom

Most songs are about getting your man. This book is about keeping your man—especially after a child comes along.
—Naomi Judd, Emmy Award–winning singer/songwriter and author of Naomi's Breakthrough Guide: 20 Choices to Transform Your Life

An amazing book on a truly important topic.
—John Robbins, author of The Food Revolution

To say that this book could change human history is not an overstatement. In fact, were it heeded, this book could change our species itself—and definitely for the better.
—Joseph Chilton Pearce, author of Magical Child and Crack in the Cosmic Egg

A book few, if any of us men,... can afford to miss. I am one of those written about, so I know what my journey has cost me, as well as given to me, and what it has cost the family I left.
—Fred Alan Wolf, PhD, author of Taking the Quantum Leap and featured in What the Bleep Do We Know?

Fathers are more than sperm donors. Father-absence is a huge waste of human energy, caring, and love. Evidence suggests that the more love kids receive, the more likely they are to grow up bigger, stronger, and smarter. It’s time we faced the inconvenient truth that fathers are a crucial part of the parenting equation, as Callander so compellingly shows.
—Larry Dossey, MD, author of Healing Words

In my forty years as a marriage and family therapist, and working with over 2500 student, my experience resonates with this work. It offers hope and a possibility for sustaining healthy families. The pursuit of wellness begins with the conception of a child, lasts a lifetime, and thrives in a supportive community.
—Elaine Sullivan, Board of Directors, National Wellness Institute

Meryn and Jack have shared their journey in order to make our futures better. They not only lived through this common challenge, but named it, investigated it, and learned from it. This book will forever change families who embrace this knowledge.
—Barbara A. Hotelling, past president, Lamaze International and Doulas of North America

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About the Author:

Meryn G. Callander was born in Australia in 1952. She attended Monash University in Melbourne, Victoria, graduating with degrees in both social work and economics, and went on to become a social worker helping children in crisis.

In 1979, Meryn embarked on an around-the-world journey culminating in California, where she attended a residential seminar at the Wellness Resource Center, established by John (Jack) Travis in 1975. It was here that the spark was lit that led to over 30 years of marriage and professional partnership. As co-director of Wellness Associates, Meryn joined Jack in pushing the frontiers of wellness beyond the personal and into the interpersonal and planetary.

Her immersion in the field of feminist spirituality in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1980s was pivotal in forging a new direction for Wellness Associates. Together with Jack, she facilitated seminars that fostered a network of helping professionals committed to shifting the prevailing cultural norms that undermine personal integrity and authenticity, and compromise our potential for true partnership and connection with others. In 1990 hey co-authored Wellness for Helping Professionals: Creating Compassionate Cultures.

In 1992, Meryn took Jack’s classic Wellness Inventory, with its focus on personal wellness, to a planetary focus, co-authoring with him, A Change of Heart: The Global Wellness Inventory. In 1999, she took the lead in revising the Wellness Inventory for an online version produced by HealthWorld Online .

In 1993, Meryn gave birth to their daughter, Siena, an experience that was to radically change her life in a multitude of unexpected ways. Her own experiences of birthing and parenting led to The Wellspring Guide, a quarterly publication featuring her in-depth synopses of selected parenting and children’s books (now accessible through WhyDadsLeave.com).

In 1999, along with eleven other experts in the field of birth and child development, she co-founded, and served for several years as president of, the Alliance for Transforming the Lives of Children .

"Why Men Leave," a magazine article by Jack published in the US and Australia in 2004, generated such a strong response that it compelled Meryn to dive deeper into the neurobiological, interpersonal, social and cultural dynamics underlying their experience and prompted her to write Why Dads Leave.

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