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The 7 Secrets of Effective Fathers: Becoming the Father Your Children Need Paperback – October 1, 2001
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About the Author
Ken and his wife, Dee, reside in Kansas City. They have been married for 25 years and have 5 children.
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Buy, and read, this book for your children's sake.
* Consistency of attitude,
* Demonstration of ownership of their children,
* Providing for their families financially
* Loving their children's mother,
* Living a spiritual ( Christian ) life and developing that in
* Actively listening to their children
* Being a good role model to their children in every way
The book / CD is also good for religious, esspecially Christian fathers who esteem raising their children as good Christians. But if as a father you are neither religious nor Christian the frequent referrals to God, the Bible and Christianity may put you off.
I am a father of two sons, 10 and 16 years old, and benefitted from listening to this CD to consolidate in my mind the characteristics I must further develop in myself. However, I found much more concrete advice and strategies about how to deal with specific crises situations particularly with adolescents, and methods to develop my character in some other effective parenting and in self - esteem development books. Among them four such books that I recommend are " Yes, your teen is crazy " by Michael J. Bradley and " Surviving your adolescents " by Thomas W. Phelan , " The Six Pillars of Self -Esteem " by Nathaniel Branden and Parent Effectiveness Training " by Thomas Gordon which concerns parenting young children and teens. All four books also give concrete case studies and various ways to handle not only relationships with children but also marriage relationships of their parents. The Six Pillars of Self - Esteem explains very well how anybody whether a parent or not can develop his / her self - esteem and if he or she is a parent how he / she can develop self - esteem also in his / her children.
Fathers who need to develop their fathering and marital relationships very often also lack skills in dealing with people in social and work environments. To develop these skills they would greatly benefit from reading and applying also " How to win friends and influence people " by Dale Carnegie. This book has very rich material on parenting, esspecially fathering, marriage, social and work relationship skills. As fathers we need to organize our lives much more effectively so we can not do without reading " The 7 habits of highly effective people " by Stephen Covey. A father must also be an effective thinker ; many books by Edward de Bono and Tony Buzan are the best for that purpose. To be an effective father you can not neglect your health ; for this I strongly recommend that you read an excellent book named " Younger Next Year " by Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge MD. Finally, a father has to provide financially for his family and may even want to go beyond that by creating significant financial wealth. An excellent book for anybody including a father aiming to do that is " 8 steps to 7 figures " by Charles Carlson. Some of these books are also available as audio books. You can see my separate detailed reviews of some of those books too. There are of course many other good self help books on these subjects, I read some of them and gave examples here.
You don't have to agree with everything that is said in these books, I certainly don't but they are still very useful in explaining how as parents, spouses, and humans in general we must change our behaviors and develop our characters and relationships, take control of our thoughts and emotions, organize our thinking and our lives and develop a decent material standard of living for our families. If you are already doing most of these right you will find confirmation of your applications in these books.
Some people benefit greatly from such self - help books. However, for some others self help books may not be sufficient by themselves. They may also need to get help from a good psychotherapist. How to find a good psychotherapist ? For this purpose I recommend an excellent book I read called " A consumer's guide to choosing the right therapist " by Ronald W. Pies.
There is lots of helpful advice and I can tell the author researched the book thoroughly.
Women may love this and will probably buy it for new-dads.
Dad's - forget this one.