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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.

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Armin Brott

A nationally recognized parenting expert, Armin Brott is the bestselling author of The Expectant Father: Facts, Tips and Advice for Dads-To-Be, The New Father: A Dad's Guide to the First Year, Fathering Your Toddler, The Military Father: A Hands-on Guide for Deployed Dads, and four other books on fatherhood. He has written on parenting, fatherhood, and health for the New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Newsweek, and dozens of other periodicals. He also hosts "Positive Parenting," which airs on a dozen stations in the US and worldwide on the American Forces Network. Armin lives with his family in Oakland, California. You may visit his website at to learn more.