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To Be A Father

Distributed by Parents Action for Children, 335 N. Maple Drive, Suite 135, Beverly Hills, CA 90210; 888-447-3400
Produced by New Screen Concepts in association with March of Dimes
Directed by Rob Reiner
VHS, color, 29 min.
Education, Parenting, Teacher Training

Reviewed by Hope Marie Cook, Curriculum Center Librarian, Eastern Connecticut State University

Highly Recommended  Highly Recommended   
Date Entered: 12/2/2004

To Be A Father, from the I Am Your Child Series and hosted by Ray Romano is an intelligent, upbeat video emphasizing the importance of fathersí participation in the upbringing of a child. It focuses on the importance of the role of the father in creating an environment of persistent emotional well being before, during and after the birth of a baby. The dialog centers on the changing roles and expectations of fatherhood, and the importance of bonding with the baby as a method of building confidence and security as the child grows into a mature adult. The video cautions young men to not get caught up in the defined stereotypes of how a father should act and to focus on ways to create new dimensions that are nurturing and will help establish a lifelong bond between the baby and father. Children of fathers who are involved in parenting are 80% less likely to spend time in jail is a statistic that canít be dismissed. The video drives this point home and gives some tips on how fathers who have less contact with their child due to incarceration, divorce, or military commitments can also be effective role models.

This professionally produced VHS tape and the treatment of this topic is well handled. The audio and video qualities are excellent. To Be a Father is highly recommended with great potential for use in many library collections. It would be a useful medium for further dialog and discussion with parents, educators and daycare providers. It is imperative that childcare centers, public libraries and curriculum centers make these materials available to the public.