Fatherhood is the experience of parenthood through the lens of masculinity. There are many different types of paternal relationships that are defined socially, biologically, and legally, and each carries enormous—and often conflicting—cultural expectations and assumptions. Finding out what it means to be a “good father” is often a journey of self-discovery, learning how to best balance external expectations, personal desires, and family realities. We can be intensely judged for how we perform gendered parental roles, but we also can gain great personal satisfaction by fulfilling those roles. Finding our own understanding of our complex identities as parents can help us find resilience and joy in the long journey of parenthood.
The essential handbook for all things first-year father is now fully updated and revised. Not only will new dads get a month-by-month guide to their baby’s development, men reading The New Father will learn how they change, grow, and develop over the first twelve months of fatherhood.