Father and Child Reunion by Warren Farrell

Synopsis: Just as the last third of the twentieth century was about creating equal opportunity for women as workers, so the first third of the twenty-first century will be about creating equal opportunity for men as parents. Neither goal will be achieved until both goals are acieved.

In Father and Child Reunion Dr Warren Farrell challenges us to be part of a revolutionary act – to acknowledge the importance of fathers in the lives of families. He argues that, in the face of a progressively unsupportive social climate, we need to affirm the vital role of fathers in developing a child’s emotional and social maturation.

He reveals how, over the past 30 years, governments, legal systems and the media have reflected a negative attitude to the role of fathers and effectively diminished the importance of men in children’s lives. Warren Farrell shows, for instance, how the current approach to custody and access is damaging children; and how, frequently, fathers are wrongly depicted as abusers. He cites extensive research on child development that links the involvement of the father to significant emotional and social benefits in children. The best interests of the child, Warren Farrell argues, are served primarily by the intact family and (in the case of divorced families) by shared parent time – that is, joint physical custody. He calls on our political, legal and social institutions and the public to recognize and promote this.

At once visionary and practical, Father and Child Reunion is a significant contribution to the key issues facing men, parents and families today.

Genre: Nonfiction
Rating: @@@@@
Pages: 252
BCID: xxx-5864031
ISBN: 1-876451-32-7
Year: 2001
Format: Paperback
Comments: This book was very well written, easy to read and spoke a lot of sense. The statistics and examples quoted were simply appalling and the solutions presented were , to my mind, perfectly sensible. The author presented views that my husband and I have been expressing for some time. This book was definitely worth reading.

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