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  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456352636
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456352639
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,009,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the mid-1980s, I was a single father committed to raising my energetic young boys while managing my exploding career as a building contractor and a spiritual practitioner, using meditation to stay grounded. To help me process the often-overwhelming crash-course I was on as a parent, I began recording thoughts about my kids on a simple little voice recorder I kept in my truck. Those reflections -- many of which were taped while stuck in Boston traffic between job sites -- ultimately evolved into my tale of fatherhood.

I believe that most relationships can deepen and grow more meaningful when approached with a specific intent to build something great. This can happen between a child and his or her parent, a wife and husband, a brother and sister, or simply two friends. Every interaction is an opportunity.

Feel free to check out my blog at: http://scotthanley.wordpress.com/

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From those excerpts the flavor of the book comes through very well.
Grady Harp
The Dad Connection offers great advice, not just for Dads, to build relationships with kids and grow in order to provide love and respect.
C. Irish
I especially appreciate any parenting book that targets dads and is uplifting and encouraging.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dad of Divas TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
Too often when you become a father you do not know what you are doing! Let's be honest, no parent has a ready made guide to raising kids handed to them when they become parents. With that being said, you have to learn how to be a good father. Many times in my own experience, this comes with trial and error but it does take work and sometimes you will fail.

What I loved about this book was the honesty the the author shares with his readers. He takes his own experiences with his two boys and makes the experience tangible and real and allows others to learn form his successes and from his failures. The book looks at how as a father you can work on making lasting connections with your children which should be the hope of every father (In my humble opinion).

The book was an engaging, quick read and share so many insights that fathers of any child can learn from.

If you are looking to learn more about being a quality father, this is a great book to start you on your path!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Windwoman on January 27, 2012
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As a single mother of a now 33-year old son with whom I have a strong connection, I read Scott Hanley's book with great interest. Very soon after picking it up, I realized how much I would have benefited from this book when I was in the throes of my parenting journey. Indeed, it's not just for dads or just about parenting boys, though I'm sure fathers with sons will especially identify with Scott. This book, as another reviewer mentioned, is full of wise, humble insights that can be applied to every close relationship in one's life. Scott's honesty with his boys -- even when he is in the wrong -- is an example we all can follow and learn from. The inclusion of sons Ian and Max's own words and perspectives is a lovely touch and adds to the sincerity of Scott's observations and advice. This book reminded me of all that I have learned and gained from being a mother (and, as a single mom, also a father). A great gift for any parent intent on fully living the journey with their kids.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robin Mesch on December 20, 2011
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When you finish reading the Dad Connection, you realize that this is not just a book about building a relationship with your child, but in truth is a manifesto on the art of building a deep and conscious connection to someone you love that can withstand the test of time. Scott Hanley is masterful at conveying his understanding of the core components for a successful relationship. This is a book I will gift anyone embarking on that journey.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Irish TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 25, 2013
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Having good, loving relationships with kids is not always an easy feat, but Scott Hanley has written a wonderful book full of great insight. He is a single parent who had to change his life to raise two boys. This book is helpful for any parent who would like to bridge the gap in their relationships with their children. The Dad Connection offers great advice, not just for Dads, to build relationships with kids and grow in order to provide love and respect. Enlightening and engaging, this is a great book from an author with first hand experience of the hardship and rewards of raising kids.

As parents we don't always respect our kids, we love them, but in some ways we don't always give them the respect they deserve. This book points to how important it is to honor and respect our kids to help them grow and in turn, it teaches parents to grow with them. It's important we trust them to grow and they must learn to trust us in accordance to how we treat them. In learning and growing in our job as parents, this book also helps to teach us how to be grow in all of our relationships. If you are a parent looking for some help with raising kids, single or not, male or female, this is a good place to start.
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Every parent is different and each child of a given parent is different, a fact that Hanley acknowledges when discussing his two sons. Therefore, what works for one parent and even for one child will not necessarily work for others. One of the greatest fallacies of parenting two or more children simultaneously is the claim to treat all of them equally, no wise parent does that. For example, some children can be told to do their homework and they will do it while their sibling will not and must be more heavily monitored. One child will love sports while the other could care less, while the situation will be reversed for other activities.
Therefore, while the fathering advice given by Hanley is good and worked for him, no precise transfer to other parents and children is possible. The one thing that needs to be consistent is the sense of love and belonging, if you give that children will tolerate significant failures on the part of their parent.
One thing that puzzled me as I was reading the book is that there is little if any mention of the female parent. After I was done, I could not recall a single mention of the mother of his two boys after their mother moved out. There was no discussion of conversations about what would be the best parental action to take, visits by or to their mother or any other involvement such as Christmas or birthday presents. There was also no mention of the involvement of other relatives such as grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. This also puzzled me as it seems surprising that there was not some form of family reunions, if only for events such as weddings and funerals.
No one can dispute that Hanley is a good father and his advice is sound, yet his situation seems to be somewhat unusual.
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