Generative Fathering Defined
What is Generative Fathering?Generative fathering is a commitment to caring for the next generation through working to meet children's needs. This definition draws on Erik Erikson's ideas of development. Erikson, a prominent scholar of human development at Harvard and UC-Berkeley, proposed that an important part of adult development is enlarging a sense of self to include the next generation (one's own children and other children), and committing to care for them--what Erikson called, "generativity." Generative fathering is a process of fathers turing their hearts to the children to bless the lives of children, their own lives, and their communities.Generative fathering is hard work that falls into seven categories:
Being generative is often a difficult task but one that brings much satisfaction to adults and necessary care for children. You can read more on this in our theory section.
Principles of The Generative Fathering PerspectiveThe generative fathering perspective invites scholars, practitioners, students and others to: