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Myths and Lies about Dads
How they hurt us all

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ISBN 9781032348230
March 1, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
216 Pages 34 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Myths and Lies About Dads: How They Hurt Us All is a groundbreaking book that destroys   more than 100 of the most damaging beliefs about fathers. Using the most recent research, this pioneering work exposes these baseless beliefs and the toll they take on children’s relationships with their fathers, parents’ relationship with one another, and the physical and mental health of fathers and mothers.

Tackling a wide range of topics from custody laws, to children’s toys, to the sexist behavior of counselors, pediatricians and lawyers, Dr. Linda Nielsen describes in vivid detail how these myths are linked to many of our most pressing issues:

Creating more gender equity in childcare and housework

Reducing child abuse, post-partum depression, and fathers’ suicide rates

Expanding mothers’ and fathers’ options at home and at work 

Reducing children’s academic, behavioral, and emotional problems

Lessening the pressures of parenting for both parents 

Changing sexist policies and practices that hurt parents and children 

Improving the economic situations for parents and their children     

The book is not only a wake-up call for parents, but also for students and professionals in medicine and family law, social work, child development, education, and in the publishing, advertising, media, and entertainment industries.   Above all, the book empowers parents to free themselves from the myths and lies about fathers that bind them.   

Table of Contents

1 Fatherless America 2 What are dads good for? The benefits of involved fathering 3 Damaging myths about mothers and motherhood 4 Divorced fathers: Myths & misconceptions 5 How the myths hurt all of us 6 Research into practice: Recommendations for practitioners, parents & policy makers

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Dr. Linda Nielsen is a Professor of Education at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. An international authority on father-daughter relationships and shared parenting for separated parents, her work has been featured in a PBS documentary and in media including the BBC, NPR, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Time, and Oprah.