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Daddy, Papi, Papa, or Baba: The Influence of Fathers on Young Children’s Development

In this podcast, Dr. Kyle Pruett talks about the important and unique role fathers play in the lives of young children. 

Dr. Pruett is clinical professor of child psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine and is a past president of ZERO TO THREE.  He is the author of many books on parenthood, including Partnership Parenting that he co-wrote with his wife Marsha Kline Pruett. 


1.  Listen to this podcast

2.  Learn more about Dr. Pruett

Additional Resources: 

Key Findings About Fathers from ZERO TO THREE’s 2009 National Parent Survey

How Men and Children Affect Each Other’s Development

Fathers and Families:  A Father-Child Initiative in the State of Indiana

Frequently Asked Questions:

I’m a stay at home mom and my husband works 60 hours a week. At night when he comes home to play with our 11-month-old, she rejects him.   

My father died recently and I've been dealing with it okay, but I'm not sure what to do concerning my 21-month-old daughter. When we go to my parents’ house she asks for Pop-Pop and we tell her he's not home. I can't keep doing this. I don't want her to just forget him, but how can you explain that someone has died to a baby?  

I have a 15-month-old. Whenever he falls down or starts to cry because he wants to be picked up, my husband won't pick him up or comfort him because he says it will make him a "mama's boy." I disagree.   

My 3-year-old son spends half his time with me and my wife, and the other half with his mother. When he is with my ex-wife, my son gets away with more than when he’s with me. I’m not sure how to handle that.



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