COPING WITH SCHOOLAGE FATHERHOOD by Michael Pennetti

COPING WITH SCHOOLAGE FATHERHOOD

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A father at 19, now in his late 20s, Pennetti sends a message to young fathers: with confidence, persistence and careful planning, the rewards of a stable, loving family can be yours. Unfortunately, he sends other messages too: ""I strongly believe that a child's place is with his mother, and the father's responsibility is to earn a living for his family."" The terrified young men who read this will learn that ""wives are people too"" and that staying with parents is chancy because ""putting two housewives. . .under one roof is asking for trouble."" With this attitude, it's no wonder that the author mentions almost nothing about child-rearing or economic planning (he does offer a budget plan, but it's rudimentary), but plenty about working, dealing with supervisors, and power games. The book concludes with a long survey of studies (most over 10 years old) of teen-age sexual activity; it seems to have no point, except that ""responsible upbringing"" (un defined) statistically results in later loss of virginity and higher average educational accomplishment. Adolescent mothers have received much more attention than adolescent fathers; this won't redress that imbalance.

Pub Date: Dec. 1st, 1986
Page count: 148pp
Publisher: Rosen