Parenting Classes Fresno CA
Licensed in California
28 Years of Experience
Behavioral Problems, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Men's Issues
Children of Divorce, Military/Veterans, Offenders/Perpetrators, Interracial Families/Couples
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)
Addictions and Dependency, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
National Certified Counselor
Anger Management,Anxiety or Fears,Christian Counseling,Depression,Loss or Grief,OCD,Parenting,Personality Disorders,Relationship Issues,Trauma and PTSD
James W. McDonald, LCSW
Credentials: LCSW, LMFT
Licensed in California
40 Years of Experience
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Psychoses/Major Mental Illness
Relationship Issues, Family and Couples Counseling, Divorce
School: California State University, Fresno
Year of Graduation: 2004
Years In Practice: 1 Year
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Divorce,Loss or Grief,Relationship Issues
MS in Marriage & Family Therapy - 1986~Certified Imago Relationship Therapist - 1994~Adv. Clinician Imago Relationship Therapy - 1997~Cert. Imago Couples Workshop Presenter - 1999~Cert. Imago Singles Workshop Presenter - 2001
A Center for Growth & Relationships
Baby Sign Language, How to Interact with Baby in Sign Language
|How to Interact With Your Baby|
Parenting Styles, Articles on Effective Parenting Style
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Top Five Ways in which Dads are Different - Introduction
|Top Five Ways in which Dads are Different: Introduction|
Dads Are Important for the Integral Development of Kids
Research has revealed that interactions with a father are as important as interactions with a mother in a child's integral development.
A father's influence starts to be important from very early on. One study, conducted in Germany, showed that dads who interacted with their kids in sensitive, supportive, and challenging ways, starting from the age of two, continued to have a good rapport with them through their teen years.
Dad is important to a baby's social development 5, 10, and 20 years down the line. Researchers found that kids less attached to their dads at age 5 were more anxious, withdrawn, and less self-confident at age 9. This resulted in lower acceptance by peers and made them less well adjusted at school.
Another study revealed that kids from families where dads work together with children on household chores, proved to be better adjusted and more socially aware. This provides a win-win situation for dads, moms, and kids. It might interest sex-deprived dads that this same research also found that dads who did more housework fared better in their sex lives with their wives.
How Are Dads Different from Moms?
In our culture, mom is looked upon as the expert in child rearing, because she usually is the one to stay home with the baby and takes a more natural intense interest in the baby due to her specific personal experience. Moms and grandmothers often patronize fathers about their role ("isn't that cute how he tries to change the diaper") or worse, criticize dads outright for their approach to parenting. It's very important for couples working as a team to understand that yet again, Mars and Venus look at their roles as parents differently. One is not better than the other. In fact, research has revealed that kids develop more completely when the parenting styles of dads and moms c...