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Fatherhood Resources

Organizations

Catholic Fatherhood   Steve Wood’s site promotes Catholic fatherhood and Christian fatherhood-fighting against fatherlessness.

Fatherhood Initiative U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services   Supporting and strengthening the role of fathers in families with important links.

Fatherhood Institute   Articles and global news relating to fathers.

National Center for Fathering – Inspiring and equipping men to be better fathers. NCF conducts research on fathering and develops practical resources for dads.

National Fatherhood Initiative    News, events and training for dads.

NC State discussion of fatherhood   This is a good discussion or short course on the importance of fathers’ role in the lives of their children.

The Fatherhood Coalition   Protesting on behalf of fathers’ rights.

Books

Blankenhorn, David (1996). Fatherless America: Confronting Our Most Urgent Social Problem, Harper Perennial, 336 pp. In the words of this important jeremiad, “The most urgent domestic challenge facing the United States… is the re-creation of fatherhood as a vital social role for men…. (Unless the trend of fatherless is reversed) the decline of child well-being and the spread of male violence will not be arrested…. (We must rediscover) the goal of a father for every child.”

Clark, C. & Dee. (1998). Daughters and Dads: Building a lasting relationship. NavPress. – This book draws on biblical wisdom and is practically helpful. It tells why dads are important and how they can build better relationships with their daughters.

Cosby, Bill (1987). Fatherhood, Berkley Trade. In his usual comic style, Cosby undercuts popular myths and stresses sound principles.

Daniels, Cynthia R. ed. (2000) Lost Fathers: The Politics of Fatherlessness in America, Palgrove MacMillan, 208 pp. Nine family-studies scholars raise the basic questions, “Are more children living without fathers? Are fathers needed? Is there a relationship between fatherlessness and crime or poverty?” Representing an extreme range of perspective and opinion, these scholars provide provocative discussion without solution or unified strategy. An important beginning dialogue for public policy.

Goldman, Marcus Jacob MD (2000) The Joy of Fatherhood: The First Twelve Months, Three Rivers Press, 320 pp.

Greenberg, Gary and Jeanie Hayden (2004) Be Prepared: A Practical Guide for New Dads, Simon and Schuster, 240 pp. Lives up to its title, a survival manual with solid advice and neat tips especially for the first year.

Griswold, Robert L. (1993) Fatherhood in America: A History, Basic Books, 356 pp. “Before industrialization, men had essential skills to pass on to their children, but through succeeding generations a man’s role as provider has narrowed to merely bringing home a paycheck.” This is a study of the changing role of fathers with a hopeful prediction that fatherhood will begin to include more actual child-care.

Johansen, Shawn (2001) Family Men: Middle-Class Fatherhood in Early Industrializing America, Routledge, 256 pp. This is a penetrating historical analysis of 19th century fathers in the Victorian age which adds to our historical perspective.

Misner, Josh with Hogan Hilling (2015). The Dadly Way: 10 Steps to More Active Fatherhood and Equal Parenting. Motivational Press, 182 pp.

Nappa, Mike (2003) Growing Up Fatherless: Healing from the Absence of Dad, Baker, 208 pp. Poignant story from a child of divorce who felt insecure and unloved by his dad.

Dean Borgman
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