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This Sharing Space article discusses how, through education, communication, and peer support groups, today’s fathers can be the active, supportive, loving parents they desire to be for their family.
Today’s fathers have few generational or cultural references to guide them through the novel levels of expectations and demands placed upon them as new parents. Increasing rates of both divorce and postpartum depression in men show that new fathers need more support. Through education, communication, and peer support groups, today’s fathers can be the active, supportive, loving parents they desire to be for their family.
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