In this ground-breaking book, Richard Fletcher, a pioneer in the area of men’s health, fathering studies and family issues, explores some surprising facts from recent research into child development. Some of these are: in the first hours after birth a baby is primed to look for the father he or she heard when in the womb; the way that a father interacts with his baby can shape the structure of the baby’s brain; father–baby bonding matters for the child’s emotional, physical and cognitive development; and the effect of a dad simply ‘playing around’ with his child can alter the pathways formed by the neurons in the brain of that growing infant. Dr Richard Fletcher leads the Fathers and Families Research Program at the University of Newcastle. In his PhD, he researched fathers’ attachment to infants and children. He is convener of the National Fatherhood Research network and co-editor of Boys in Schools.