David Co­hen coaches men on fa­ther­hood with an amus­ing guide

The Jewish Chronicle - - People -

FATHERS TAKE NOTE. Lon­don-based psy­chol­o­gist David Co­hen has writ­ten his 32nd book on how to be a good dad, ap­pro­pri­ately ti­tled What Ev­ery Man Should Know About Be­ing a Dad.

It dis­cusses the stresses that fathers can face; ex­er­cises they can do with their child; the psy­cho­log­i­cal re­search on fa­ther­ing; and ex­am­ines thorny top­ics such as step-fa­ther­hood, the chang­ing re­la­tion­ship be­tween part­ners and sex af­ter ba­bies.

Mr Co­hen, 60, a fa­therof-two, tells Peo­ple: “I wanted to write a book on fa­ther­hood 25 years ago but no-one was in­ter­ested. Men weren’t seen as im­por­tant in the bring­ing up of chil­dren then.”

He also “has a go at the fathers of the Old Tes­ta­ment”, in­clud­ing Abra­ham who, fol­low­ing God’s in­struc­tions, planned to sac­ri­fice his son Isaac on Mount Mo­riah be­fore be­ing stopped by the an­gel of God.

“If this was to­day, Isaac would have been taken into care, even by Haringey,” says Mr Co­hen, who set up Psy

chol­ogy News.

He is also a film-maker and is about to pub­lish his next book, The Es­cape of Sig­mund Freud.

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