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The Dads & Daughters Togetherness Guide: 54 Fun Activities to Help Build a Great Relationship [Paperback]

Joe Kelly
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Book Description

April 24, 2007
Fathers know that doing things with their daughters is important. Shared activities build trust and self-esteem, show how much dads care, and allow everyone to cut loose and have fun. But even fathers who can beat the generation and gender gaps that make them feel awkward can’t always dream up cool places to go or mutually enjoyable things to do. Like the coach of their favorite team, dads need a game plan, and that’s exactly what Joe Kelly provides in Dads & Daughters Togetherness Guide.

Appropriate for girls of any age, the guide enables dads to grab their daughters by the hand and say “Let’s go…”

See how things are made: Take a made-in-America tour and see how everything from jumbo jets (Boeing) to chocolate kisses (Hershey’s) is produced.

Bake a funny cake: She’ll laugh herself silly in the kitchen making Kitty Litter Cake, a German chocolate sheet cake covered with “cat litter” (dyed, crumbled cookies) and topped with miniature Tootsie Rolls.

Take a drive to nowhere: Let the copilot navigate, and leave time for fun stops to poke around in flea markets or join a game of pickup softball for a few innings.

With dozens of other engaging activities—such as creating a daddy-daughter journal, devising secret codes, and exchanging poems—this is the ultimate rain-or-shine resource for developing wonderful parent-child rapport.

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Editorial Reviews


“Attention all dads! Joe Kelly knows how to create memorable experiences with his daughters and shares dozens of fun activities with the rest of us. This practical book is a must-have for dads who want to build a strong relationship with their daughters—or sons for that matter.”—David Walsh, Ph.D. President of the National Institute on Media and the Family; Author of national bestseller Why Do They Act That Way? A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain and No. Why Kids Need It and Ways Parents Can Say It.

“‘What do you want to do, Daddy?’ No longer will that dad-stumping question frustrate fathers, for Joe Kelly offers all dads a rich reservoir of fun ideas and activities that daughters and dads can enjoy together!” —David Sadker, co-author, Failing at Fairness: How Schools Cheat Girls

"A true gift for fathers and daughters."--Jean Kilbourne, Visiting Research Scholar, Wellesley Centers for Women

About the Author

JOE KELLY is the author of Dads and Daughters (50,000 copies sold in hardcover and paperback). His national nonprofit advocacy group ( has been featured widely in broadcast and print media, including NPR, CBS, ABC, and USA TODAY. He and his wife, Nancy, are the parents of twin daughters. They live in Duluth, Minnesota.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony (April 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076792469X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767924696
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.7 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #408,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Journalist, activist and father Joe Kelly co-founded Dads and Daughters (DADs), the first national advocacy nonprofit for fathers and daughters. DADs provides men the tools to be better fathers and advocates for our daughters. DADs also publishes the award-winning newsletter Daughters.
Kelly is a primary media source on fathering healthy daughters, appearing on NBC's Today Show, NPR's Talk of the Nation, CBS's Early Show, MSNBC, Lifetime, Fox News Channel and Voice of America, as well as in Time, People, New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Parenting and dozens of other outlets. He has written for Parents and Mothering magazines, among others, and is an expert for
Dr. Mary Pipher calls Kelly's best-selling book Dads and Daughters "an essential aid for the fathers of adolescent girls." It is based on his conversations with thousands of fathers across the country, more than a decade of speaking and writing on the subject, and 25 years experience as the father of twin daughters.
In 1993, Kelly and his wife Nancy Gruver founded the groundbreaking international publication, New Moon: The Magazine for Girls and Their Dreams. Edited by girls 8 to 14 years old, New Moon is the only child-edited publication to win the prestigious Parent s Choice Foundation Gold Award multiple times. Gruver and Kelly won Parenting magazine's 1995 Parenting Achievement Award.
In 2004, Kelly was named the Women's Sports Foundations Title IX Father of the Year and won the national Eating Disorders Coalition s Activist of the Year award. In 2001, he was's Dad of the Year. He belongs to the National Practitioners Network for Fathers and Families, Center for Family Policy and Practice, and serves on the board of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood.
Kelly's leadership on girls' issues, fathering, and media activism puts him in wide contact with fathers, girls, families, teachers, and other professionals who work with girls. He speaks and teaches frequently on fathering, media and marketing's impact on children, and successful strategies for raising girls and boys. Kelly has spoken before the National Association of Independent Schools, National Association of Science and Technology Centers, American Association of University Women, National Eating Disorders Association, and dozens of other conferences. He also has testified before the Congressional Children's Caucus, President Bush s blue ribbon Title IX commission, and the Food and Drug Administration.
Kelly and Gruver live in Duluth, Minnesota. Their adult twin daughters, Mavis Gruver and Nia Kelly, live in California. A New Jersey native, Kelly, 51, is the author of the play This Horse of a Body of Mine, co-editor of four nonfiction books for girls, and was an award-winning journalist for Minnesota Public Radio. He has a BS in philosophy and journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

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5.0 out of 5 stars This is very special. April 16, 2012
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I purchased this book for my little granddaughter. She is a Daddy's girl second... Mostly Mommie's girl, but thought it would be special for her and Daddy. I accomplished all I wanted and more. Thanks so much for so many choices. AMAZON is better than a bookstore and the prices are reasonable. Too bad shipping is so costly. But I will keep on shopping here and tell all my friends where to find those hard to find titles. Definitely worth the money for this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good read January 12, 2008
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bought this for my husband for Christmas. We have a second grader. He is enjoying this book and getting good ideas from it(they built a project from it this weekend). Funny thing is, when Gma say the book and flipped through it she said, " Send it back , he has already done all these things with her." Yes, he is a great Dadddy, but this book helps him be an even better one! Realtionships with daughters are sooo important. Don't miss you opportunity this book!!! Practical ideas that you may not have thought of to strengthen your realtionship with your daughter, thus increasing her chances of having a balanced life and choosing a good life mate!
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2.0 out of 5 stars another disappointment September 22, 2010
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This was the third book I bought to find fun activities for dads to do with their daughters and this was more cerebral than active. It was a great disappointment.
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