1st Edition

Fathers and Children Together A Guide to Developing a Parenting Identity and Supporting Your Child

By Jay Fagan, Glen Palm Copyright 2025
    216 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Prufrock Press

    Full of research backed advice, examples, and reflection questions throughout, this book is for fathers seeking to build their parenting identity while effectively supporting their child from conception to adulthood.

    Covering topics such as opportunities for fathers to connect to their children during each stage of development, occasions for men to grow and develop when they become fathers, advice for healthy and successful coparenting, as well as how to support a positive father-child relationship, this book provides important answers to questions that fathers frequently ask about parenting.

    Fathers and Children Together is a must read for fathers aspiring to create strong connections to their children, as well as all parents, practitioners, and students in disciplines such as psychology, human development and family studies, parent education, and social work.

    1. Changing Role of Fathers: Diverse Contexts, Experiences, and Opportunities  2. Fathers and Pregnancy: Great Expectations  3. Transition to Fathering: Welcoming Baby  4. Fathers of Infants and Toddlers: Building Connections and Nurturing Development  5. Fathers and Preschoolers: Play, Curiosity, and Endless Energy  6. Fathers and Middle Childhood: Entry into School and Learning about the World  7. Fathers and Adolescents: Exploring Identities and Expanding Social Relationships  8. Fathers and Young Adults: Letting Go and Providing a Sure Base as Needed  9. Conclusion: Relationships Matter and Lessons from Development


    Jay Fagan, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus in the School of Social Work at Temple University and former Co-director of the Fatherhood Research and Practice Network. He was the founding editor of the journal, Fathering. He taught human behavior and social environment courses at Temple University for 31 years.

    Glen Palm, Ph.D. is a Professor Emeritus of Child and Family Studies at St. Cloud State University where he taught Child Development, Family Studies, and Parent Education. He has practiced parent education with fathers in a variety of settings (education, health care & Corrections) for more than 40 years.