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Father to Daughter: Life Lessons on Raising a Girl Paperback – March 15, 2003

4.3 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews

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About the Author

Harry H. Harrison Jr. is a parenting expert and author of 1,001 Things It Means to Be a Dad and other 1,001 Things books from Thomas Nelson. For many years, he operated his own award-winning creative consultancy firm, Harrison Creative Directions. 

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 378 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; English Language edition (March 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761129774
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761129776
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 4.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #680,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S. Peek VINE VOICE on May 15, 2005
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Although a very short, small book, this is a very good collection of simple bits of wisdom.

Some readers may think that it is too simplistic, but I think it contains some things that are very good reminders for fathers of daughters. As big of a job as parenting is in today's world, we can all use reminders of even the basics. In our fast paced world, many times our relationships with family members take a back seat to work. That shouldn't be the case. In this primer on parenting, Harrison helps us remember some basic things that are very valuable.

Some of the pages deal with advice on things that are your role as a parent. Others contain insights that will make readers smile in remembering events they have experienced in child rearing.

Some of my favorite of the included 'lessons' are these:

1. Take part in her life now. Don't wait until she's 15 to try to develop a relationship.

2. Tell her from day one that she can accomplish anything.

3. Be prepared to watch Walt Disney movies with her some 200 times. Each.

4. Tickle her, play with her, give her piggyback rides. She's not breakable.

5. Realize that as you shape her, she will shape you.

6. Read to her often. Very soon, she'll be reading to you.

7. Talk to her about what she wants to be when she grows up.

Continally reinforce the idea that anything is possible.

8. When she's old enough, sign her up for karate lessons. This is more for your sake than hers.

9. Think before you speak. Even when you don't mean to, you can end up hurting her feelings.

10. Take her out of town to somewhere she's never been at least once a year. This will develop her sense of wonder.

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At first, I thought this was a silly gift my husband received when I was pregnant with our daughter. I decided to take a look at it, and its such a beautiful book. It has very simple ideas and advice, but very important life lessons.

The whole book is full of common sense ideas, but they are things that get overlooked and forgotten. Every dad should be forced to read this as part of soon-to-be-daddy training.
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I just happened to pick this up in a book store one day and loved it from the first page. It is a wonderful book filled with a short paragraph or even just one sentence on each page. Some make you laugh, some make you think and some make you cry. A perfect gift to get for a husband, son, uncle, brother, friend whatever. Will make the Daddy and Daddy's little girl bond even stronger!!
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This book is absolutely fantastic. I am a father of two daughters, with a new baby on the way. This book touched me, motivated me, made me think, made me change, and brought tears to my eyes at times.
I am sending a copy to all my "father of daughters" friends.
A must have for Daddies.
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This is a cute little book with a lot of fun ideas,it just lacks content in my opinion.I read the whole thing in about 30 minutes.It does have some nice ideas though.
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Kids don't come with manuals, but this is pretty close. I give these to everyone who is having their first child. Just an amazing little book. There are a few companions book that are just as great! This book deserves all 5 of its stars.
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My husband and I have only one child, a girl, who was just a little over age 2 last Father's Day when I got this for him. He still reads it with tears in his eyes. It is a very cutesy little book and I put it with the rest of his gifts which were a much bigger deal than the little book, but he did not toss the book aside to look at the other things. He still loves the book. Each page just has a sentence or two, providing tips or advice on being a daddy to a little girl. It is special. He wants to be the best father a girl can have, and he likes the ideas in the book and the way it makes him think about things.. It's just really nice and sweet and worth the money. I would give it as a gift to a man with a very young girl, probably in a basket or gift bag or stocking, with other gifts, or maybe in a gift bag for a baby shower, so that mom & baby get the big things, but dad doesn't feel left out and will enjoy it!
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Good price for what you get. The book is smaller than your average book and I'm talking about the overall size of it, not the number of pages. I'm posting a picture of it next to a 4x6 picture frame so you can get an idea of it's size. That being said, good things come in small packages and this is one of them. The book isn't like an ordinary book with tons of boring chapters that any woman knows her husband/boyfriend will not read. It is divided into different sections for different stages of your daughter's life, however, each page only has like one tip or piece of advice on it. The print is large, easy to read, and the pages are decorated nicely. This little book would make a great add-on gift to a larger purchase or it would even work as a "just because" gift. My boyfriend loved it and he hates reading but this holds his interest since the layout is nothing like a typical book. I even enjoyed reading it.
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