Episode 8: Male Parental Development and how Father's Parenting Choices Matter
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In this episode of "Partnered with a Survivor," Ruth and David start their Sunday morning with a discussion of male parental development, a concept that David coined to help professionals work more effectively with men and families. Societies fail in many ways in home we prepare boys to be parents. Girls education and preparation for parenting may start with her first doll. How does our failure to address boys and men as a vital part of nurturing children harm men and harm families? How does this cultural blindness to the impact of men's behaviors both positive and negative affect the safety and nurturance of children? Our first discussion with boys about parenting usually comes much later and often is focused on how to avoid unwanted pregnancy.  The conversation ranges numerous topics including research from Yale University on the "mothering center" in the brain, the need for equal assessment of parenting across same sex and heterosexual relationships and the relevance of better work with fathers for women and children. David speaks directly to men around how to reflect on their preparation to be a father, and tips for professionals about how to engage males better around fatherhood. Ruth speaks to how stereotypes around men as violent is harmful to men, women and children.   

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