Praise for Parental Mental Health: Factoring in Fathers

“As a clinical psychologist working with expecting and new parents, I’m so happy that Parental Mental Health: Factoring in Fathers has arrived! Challenging the outdated, limiting, and often damaging perceptions of the father’s role, this insightful book beautifully outlines simple steps for healthy changes. The entire family and all the relationships within it will benefit greatly from this gender equitable approach to parenting.”


Parental Mental Health: Factoring in Fathers asks the questions, ‘Why fathers?’ and ‘Why now?’ and then goes forward to answer BOTH those questions in a clear, concise and caring way. This helpful playbook is for those negotiating the transition to fatherhood with their partner.”

—Craig F. Garfield, MD, MAPP
Pediatrician and fatherhood researcher

A must for all expecting fathers

“Parental Mental Health: Factoring in Fathers should be put in the hands of every man expecting a baby. It is relevant, insightful and a practical guide for every couple to maneuver the changes and challenges of a newborn.”

— Angela D. Burling R.N., M.S.N. Perinatal Mental Health Advocate

“I think every young couple should have a copy of your book as a guide to early parenting when they’re expecting.”

— Grandfather

Digestible and Informative Important Resource for Fathers

“This is an awesome book with useful information and practical suggestions for both parents, with a focus on dads. I’ve already sent a copy to a dad I know. It’s also an easy read, which is perfect for busy parents! Some of the recommendations included in here are on topics like communication, creating a postpartum game plan, and practicing self-care. All of it is good stuff!”

— Alyssa D.

“Enjoyed the concluding chapters very much, I actually LEARNED something, too, all my life I’ve avoided closeness with others because I was intimidated! Especially other males. Don’t know what I can do about that NOW but it’s an insight I didn’t have before.”

— Father, retired insurance agent

“Whence cometh my help and salvation? Why, from a little book by Honikman and Singley, of course!”

— Jewish father

A nuanced approach to promoting a healthy transition from dude to dad!

Factoring in Fathers is an incredibly practical guide to helping new dads flourish as fathers and partners that integrates the latest research on men’s mental health, relationship satisfaction, and parenting. This is a must read for every new dad!”

— B. Cole

“You’ve answered lots of questions and provided lots of solutions. People will be delighted and thankful to have it.”

— Grandfather, retired teacher

“If only we’d had a roadmap like this (book) things would have been different, even if the marriage didn’t work out. We could have understood what was happening. Parents try to help but are hobbled by Old Wives Tales. One of them was, if a man ever sees his child delivered, he’ll never have another one.”

— Divorced father

Supporting inclusive spaces and practices for fathers’ mental health

“This accessible, upbeat, well-documented book weaves together the feminist maternal mental health movement leadership of Jane Honikman with the fatherhood and masculinities clinical psychology research and counseling therapy of Daniel Singley to provide a broader, more inclusive space for focusing on fathers’ mental health. Each chapter has suggestions for ‘putting into practice’ new ways of recognizing the complexities of men’s feelings in health care services, representations of fatherhood, post-partum plans, and the gendered division of carework. In these pandemic times of high uncertainty, this book provides clear and practical ways for partners to work together, communicate, and, as Chapter 6 emphasizes, thrive. No matter your family’s structure, all readers will benefit from Parental Mental Health: Factoring in Fathers, and I urge readers to accept Honikman and Singley’s encouraging invitation to join the Parental Mental Health Movement.”

— Laury O.

“People in crisis feel like they’re drowning when there’s no help to clutch onto.”

— Man raising his nephew

“Up until now I’ve only managed to determine that my ex-wife and I were both terrible people and never should have married. We blamed it all on ourselves and each other.”

— Divorced father

“Congratulations! Great work! Will help spread the news to UCSD and community clinics and liaisons.”

— Barbara L. Parry, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego

“I am happy that you both wrote this book focused on fathers. It is very timely and I am happy to help inform others of this important work.”

— Sheehan D. Fisher, Ph.D.
Northwestern University, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

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