Making Room for Fathers: How Mothers Facilitate Fatherhood

Studies show that mothers greatly influence a father’s involvement in the lives of children. While each parent undoubtedly serves as a gatekeeper of his or her child's safety and development, maternal gatekeeping toward fathers has been a recent subject of research and focus of concern. Maternal "gatekeeping", or how a mother's beliefs and behaviors help or hinder a father’s involvement, happens in all kinds of families, regardless of whether parents are married, divorced, or unmarried. In this webinar, led by Senior Director of National Programming of the National Fatherhood Initiative, Rebecca Graham, you will learn how to break down the barriers between mothers and fathers and to take steps toward better co-parenting.

In this webinar, you will:

  • Find out how mothers act as gatekeepers within family structures.
  • Discover how mothers can support or inhibit father involvement.
  • Learn about the benefits of father involvement for families.
  • About the Expert

    Rebecca S. Graham, R.N., B.S.N., M.S.

    As the Senior Director of National Programming at National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI), Rebecca Graham has developed and implemented NFI’s programs and initiatives across the country. She has more than 25 years of healthcare experience with concentrations in pediatrics, research, and nursing education. Since 2005, Ms. Graham has trained thousands of facilitators on various fatherhood programs. She has collaboratively developed national programs and workshops geared to educate and engage both organizations and fathers, including When Duct Tape Won’t Work,™ and Breaking Down Barriers and Building Bridges in Fatherhood Programming. Ms. Graham received a master’s of science degree in organizational leadership from Geneva College (PA), and a bachelors of science in nursing from Carlow University (PA). She also has her certification in education and is a licensed registered nurse in Pennsylvania.