Fatherhood...there's no question that dads are important. Kids with active fathers are happier and better adjusted than those without. Nevertheless, we're bombarded with images of neglectful, uninterested, deadbeat, and lazy dads. These images begin with the announcement of the pregnancy, through childbirth and into the childrearing process. The impression one gets is that fathers aren't nearly as important as mothers. The truth is that men and women make different -- but equally important -- contributions to their children's development.
A nationally recognized parenting expert, Armin Brott is the author of The Expectant Father: Facts, Tips and Advice for Dads-To-Be, The New Father: A Dad's Guide to the First Year, The New Father: A Dad's Guide to the Toddler Years, Throwaway Dads: The Myths and Barriers That Keep Men from Being the Fathers They Want to Be, and The Single Father: A Dad's Guide to Parenting Without a Partner (New Father Series). He has written on parenting and fatherhood for the New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Newsweek and dozens of other periodicals. He also hosts "Positive Parenting," a nationally distributed, weekly talk show, and lives with his family in Oakland, California.