Teen Dads: Rights, Responsibilities and Joys

Teen Dads: Rights, Responsibilities and Joys

by Jeanne Warren Lindsay

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A guide for teenage fathers who want to develop their parenting skills, with an emphasis on dealing with children from birth to the age of three.  See more details below


A guide for teenage fathers who want to develop their parenting skills, with an emphasis on dealing with children from birth to the age of three.

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"Provides a wealth of information that will be helpful to anyone facing the responsibility of parenting . . . free from unnecessary medical, psychological, or technical jargon."  —School Library Journal

VOYA - Kevin Beach
How refreshing it is to find a book that puts a positive spin on teen pregnancy and parenting! This upbeat presentation instructs young men on how to be supportive of their partner and the new baby, assist with the baby's labor and delivery, care for and nurture the child through infancy and the toddler years, and better understand their changing relationship with the mother. Short chapters cover, in chronological order, all the issues young parents must face, from the pregnancy test to learning how to properly love, feed, and discipline a curious, growing child. The text is written in a clear, straightforward style and is peppered with illustrations. A young man facing this situation who wants to participate in child rearing, wants to know his legal rights and obligations, or needs to find community support can glean a great deal of useful information from this guide. The author has written several books for the YA reader, mostly about teen parenting issues, and expertly presents the information specifically geared to that audience. This updated guide, with personal stories of new fathers, should prove to be a popular addition to the library's teen-parenting collection, which often leans too much in the direction of assuming the mother is going it alone. Reviewer: Kevin Beach
The boys interviewed for this work seem wise and rare, following their common sense in deciding what is best for their children and desiring to avoid the mistakes their parents made. They vow not to hit their children nor to abandon them as so many of their fathers did to them. Young dads are guided through the stages of pregnancy, the birth process, and the growth and development of their children through toddlerhood. They are reminded of the value of good nutrition and not engaging in behaviors harmful to children, such as smoking or drinking. How to discipline, whether or not to marry, when to have another baby, the problems involved in having to live with parents, planning for the future, and gang involvement, with its effects upon both parents and children are discussed in separate chapters. The information and advice given would hold true for dads of any age. The text is written on a low reading level and includes many first-hand accounts of parenting from the dads themselves. This revision of the 1993 original text used in projects working with young dads and in juvenile detention centers is useful for group discussion. It also would make an excellent gift for teen dads to own as an on-hand resource. It is a recommended resource for all young adult collections, Trade pb. Index. Illus. Photos. Biblio. VOYA CODES: 5Q 4P J S (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Broad general YA appeal; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2001, Morning Glory Press, 224p, . Ages 13 to 18. Reviewer: Pam Carlson SOURCE: VOYA, April 2001 (Vol. 24, No.1)
This is a good, basic introduction for teenage fathers and fathers-to-be. While the easy-to-read chapters are short and illustrated with b/w photographs, the appeal of this title will probably be limited. Chapter headings include: Parenting Starts with Pregnancy, Good Food for Babies and Toddlers, Health and Safety for Your Child, and Guiding Your Child. Individual libraries can best judge whether this book is likely to be of use (and used) by the young men who may need it. The author includes comments by many teenage fathers, which does enhance the appeal of Teen Dads. A brief annotated bibliography and a two-page index are included. Appropriate for school and public libraries, and obviously an excellent choice for special programs for teenage fathers. KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2001, Morning Glory, 223p. illus. bibliog. index., $12.95. Ages 13 to 18. Reviewer: Elizabeth M. Mellett; YA Libn., Brookline P.L., Brookline, MA , November 2001 (Vol. 35, No. 6)
School Library Journal
Gr 8-12-In a positive, straightforward, and easy-to-understand manner, Lindsay provides a wealth of information that will be helpful to anyone facing the responsibility of parenting. Aimed particularly at teenaged males, the text includes advice regarding their role as fathers and their relationships with their baby, the child's mother, and grandparents. Without bias, the author discusses the options of childbirth, adoption, abortion, marriage, cohabitation, and separate lives. To prepare teen dads for each phase of the baby's life before and after its birth, information on child development is provided. Moving forward in time, the text addresses the issue of birth control, safe sex, family planning, and preparing for the infant's future as well as one's own. Later chapters refer readers to other titles from this publisher for more guidance in specific areas. The annotated bibliography lists related books and pamphlets, along with their sources and costs. The book's tone is neither didactic, discouraging, nor condescending, and it's free from unnecessary medical, psychological, or technical jargon.-Dona Weisman, Northeast Texas Library System, Garland

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Product Details

Morning Glory Press
Publication date:
Teen Pregnancy and Parenting Series
Edition description:
Third edition
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Jeanne Warren Lindsay is the author of 16 books for and about pregnant and parenting teens, including Teenage Couples: Expectations and Reality, and Pregnant? Adoption is an Option. She lives in Buena Park, California.

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