Course Content

Seminar Objectives

 

WHAT ARE THE PRIMARY OBJECTIVES OF THE SEMINAR, AND WHAT ARE THE SUBJECTS WE WILL ADDRESS.


Primarily, the seminar is designed to make the transition to parenthood as stress free as possible by explaining what you might expect and providing some research proven suggestions to reduce trial and error approaches. Some of the more exasperating situations like work/family balance, finances, and the changes in interpersonal relationships with spouses, extended family, and friendships will be discussed.


More importantly, the role of the father's importance in both son's and daughter's lives will be examined from the point( s ) of view from developmental psychology: this simply means how fathers' presence impacts their emotional stability and growth, as well as their social skills, cognitive abilities, physical prowess, and intellectual accomplishment.

Additionally, some of the unique challenges that fathers face at times will be discussed, ie: fathers often seen as the "secondary" parent; the assumption that mothers are biologically more fit to parent;  parenting per se is not a "masculine" endeavor; and work environments that have little respect for Dads who want family time.


Finally, we will look at the "long view" of fathers impact on their children over time, based on research in the last 20 years; i.e.,: what success looks like in the kids whose Dads were involved. And finally,  how do fathers themselves change and what is the return on this challenging and often exhaustive process.