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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: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,672,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dad of Divas TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 1, 2011
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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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From the minute a baby is born, s/he is a separate, distinct individual, not part of his/her parents. On the other hand, the baby is wholly dependent on his/her parents for survival. Yet on the other foot (I'm out of hands), by the time that baby grows to adulthood, s/he is supposed to be a fully independent, autonomous human being. The field of psychology has been exploring the inherent conflicts in this process for generations. They have labeled the process "separation and individuation" to indicate that it is a two-fold process - the process of separating from the parents and becoming and individual. But what the term doesn't do such a good job of connoting is the fact that this process is a two-way process. Not only must children separate from their parents in order to become their own person, but parents must provide the conditions for doing so. The subject of exactly how to do this - allowing how much freedom, control and distance at what ages - has been the subject of countless parenting books by "experts" of all stripes.

I don't think that Scott Hanley is claiming to be any kind of expert, but in his own way and using his own, non-psychological jargon language, this is basically the topic that he is attempting to elucidate as he explores and explains his parenting process as a single parent of two boys. It is clear that Hanley has spent years of his life thinking about this process and that his parenting was (and still is) a very conscious act with the specific goal of producing confident, independent young men who simultaneously remain attached to him, yet free to live their own lives. I'd venture to guess that this is a goal to which most parents aspire. The devil, of course, is in the details.
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Rather amazing that this book has been on the market for over a year now and has not grown higher on the sales list. For those fortunate enough to have come across a copy this is a no nonsense, straightforward, easy to understand little treasure of a book about how to connect to your children in a meaningful and lasting manner. Scott Hanley has raised his two sons Ian and Max since they were very young and their mother opted to face the fact that she felt the need for a different life. How Hanley managed that change in the house, kept his job as a contractor, and proceeded to start each day making breakfast and lunches for the boys as they went off to school before taking off to be the contractor building homes to support his family, and then how he managed to build a relationship of love and trust with his two boys that endured from youngster age through the tough teen years and into college is a warm and touching triumph of commitment and as fine an example of the true meaning of love as has been shared with the public.

Hanley shares his thoughts generously: ` the important effort in gaining true trust is to make some room inside one's own inner psychology for more love and care...Trust needs a place to live in each of us so that we can access it at will.' My experience raising my two boys demonstrated just how valuable and important it was to build a communication bridge based on consciousness, honesty and care.' `I believe the primary component of a successful bridge to our children is respect. In its simplest form, the effort to develop and maintain respect becomes an actual mindset and the foundation of the relationship.' `My bridge with my boys had eight important supporting elements: love, respect, perspective, service, energy, support, patience, and trust.
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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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