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Father Your Son: How to Become the Father You've Always Wanted to Be Paperback – April 16, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 215 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (April 16, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071417133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071417136
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #832,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Get the confidence you need to be a true and loving father

Today, countless men are committing to becoming the kind of fathers they always wanted--but most likely never had. Now, clinical psychologist Stephan B. Poulter draws from more than 20 years specializing in father-son relationship counseling to offer a blueprint for good fathering that will help you confront--and conquer--your fears, including the fear of repeating the past. This visionary book guides you to:

  • Practice inner fathering, a 7-step technique to heal the Lost Boy inside--and extend this healing to your son
  • Deal with the flash flood years--teen anger, hostility, and fear
  • Parent through divorce and be a good stepfather
  • Recognize your critical role in your son's emotional, psychological, and spiritual development--a role only you can fill

Also included are real-life case studies and stories, as well as self-assessment quizzes and checklists. Whatever your son's age or your fathering status, this guide will help you meet the unique challenges of each stage of your boy's development.

"Father Your Son is the perfect blend of self-help analysis and practical, how-to advice."--Eileen Gallo, Ph.D.

"Parenting is tough. Father Your Son is an easy-to-read roadmap that will help you navigate this scary, exhilarating journey."--Michele Borba, Ed.D., author, Don't Give Me That Attitude

"Kudos to Dr. Poulter for writing an applicable foundation to a loving fatherhood. His exercises are insightful and enlightening."--Jay Mohr, actor

Stephan B. Poulter is a clinical psychologist who has worked with more than 2300 fathers and sons over 23 years. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

About the Author

Stephan B. Poulter is a clinical psychologist who has worked with more than 2,300 fathers and sons over 23 years.

Laura Golden Bellotti is an author and book editor with more than twenty years experience in publishing.


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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Born2Read on October 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is a wonderful tool for any father wanting to raise his child the best way possible. It's very inspiring and I think this world would be a much better place if every father owned a copy.
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By Manisha on December 17, 2012
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My husband wanted this book for a long time. We got this book from USA as this is not available in India.
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Father Your Son is the first book by Los Angeles-based clinical psychologist Stephan B. Poulter, whose The Father Factor: How Your Father's Legacy Affects Your Career I previously reviewed in these pages. Poulter has given us an engaging, invitingly written and attractively formatted life guide on how to maximize our success as fathers to our sons.

Poulter notes that the single most important predictor of empathy is paternal involvement. The author believes that one of our most important jobs in learning how best to father our sons is figuring out our position as sons to our fathers. Thus teachings about ourselves and generations below and above us (including our grandfathers, who after all helped create our fathers) are blended together in an unusual yet most effective manner. Poulter suggests creating lists of those qualities of male family members that you do want your son to acquire, and another list of those qualities you don't want him to have. We are usefully asked if we can accurately determine--in a given situation--on a scale of 1 to 10 the intensity of our son's anger, violence potential, or hatred. Another great question: do you know where your son is, what he is doing, and who he is doing it with between the hours of 3:00 and 8:00 P.M. (the hours when boys typically get into the most trouble).

Stephan Poulter seems to be a bit more grounded than some of his colleagues in the male-oriented personal growth authorship department. He notes that "kids are sharp" and will know if your body is present but your mind is a million miles away. According to the author, one of the most important truths boys can carry with them through their lives is confidence that they are connected to their fathers sufficiently to know that Dad will be there even if they mess up.
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