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Connected Father

A psychologist and father of four, Pickhardt (The Everything Parent's Guide to the Strong-Willed Child) stresses that teens "need the supportive, salient, and stabilizing presence of a father to help anchor, structure, and guide" them through life. Like Mark O'Connell in "The Good Father: On Men, Masculinity, and Life in the Family", Pickhardt makes much of the different roles of mothers and fathers while warning that teen daughters often suffer nasty effects from paternal criticism, however well intended.