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Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know Paperback – August 28, 2007
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The most important person in a young girl’s life? Her father.
Teen health expert Dr. Meg Meeker has the data and clinical experience to prove it. After more than twenty years of counseling girls, she knows that fathers, more than anyone else, set the course for their daughters’ lives.
Now Dr. Meeker, author of the critically acclaimed Epidemic: How Teen Sex Is Killing Our Kids, shows you how to strengthen--or rebuild--your bond with your daughter, and how to use it to shape her life, and yours, for the better.
Directly challenging the feminist attack on traditional masculinity, Dr. Meeker demonstrates that the most important factor for girls growing up into confident, well-adjusted women is a strong father with conservative values. To have one, she shows, is the best protection against eating disorders, failure in school, STDs, unwed pregnancy, and drug or alcohol abuseand the best predictor of academic achievement, successful marriage, and a satisfying emotional life.
Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters reveals:
- The essential characteristics and virtues of strong fathersand how to develop them
- How daughters take cues from their fathers on everything from drug use, drinking, smoking, and having sex, to self-esteem, moodiness, and seeking attention from boys
- Why girls want you to place restrictions on them (even though they’ll complain when you do)
- How to become a hero to your daughterand why she needs that more than anything
- The one mistake fathers make that is the primary cause of girls "hooking up"
- Why girls depend on the guidance of fathers through, and even beyond, their college years
- Recipe for disaster: the notion that girls "need to make their own decisions and mistakes"
- Why girls need Godand how your faith, or lack thereof, will influence her
- How to communicate with your daughterand how not to
- True stories of "prodigal daughters"and how their fathers helped bring them back
Dads, you are far more powerful than you think you are. Your daughters need the support that only fathers can provideand if you are willing to follow Dr. Meeker’s advice on how to guide your daughter, to stand between her and a toxic culture, your rewards will be unmatched.
About the Author
Meg Meeker, M.D., is the bestselling author of The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers; Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters; and Boys Should Be Boys. She has been a physician practicing pediatric and adolescent medicine, working with children and their parents, for more than thirty years. Dr. Meeker is the mother of four children and lives with her husband in northern Michigan.
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Short background on me - two daughters, 6 and 8. All of my siblings are males, and all of my cousins growing up were males. So sometimes, although I give great effort, I find it daunting to relate and connect with my daughters.
People I recommend this book to:
-All fathers have something to gain from this book
What I liked about it:
-The many true stories that she used to back up her advice and to provide insight into your relationship with your daughter.
-That her advice was supported by research that she cited.
-That she gives wide a variety of examples that cover everything from teenagers that run away from home, girls that have sex, that use drugs, that suffer loss, that have eating disorders, that are stuck on their phones, that pull away from their families - I could go on and on.
-That she laid out a plan to connect with, and provide structure for your daughter.
What I didn't like (I'm having to try to find things to be critical about here):
-Being objective, you can tell based off of what she writes that she herself had a very strong relationship with her father. Depending on your perspective you could make the assumption that she's projecting her relationship with her father on everyone else. If you're cynical about it.
-That in some parts of the book she was running solely on opinion (a small fraction of the book). I enjoyed her opinions but others may want hard facts.
Although many of the things suggested in this book I was already doing, it has undoubtedly changed the way that I approach my relationship with my daughters. It has given me insight into my daughters that I didn't previously have. I recommend this book to all fathers who have a daughter, and I feel that if you all were to apply the principles Dr. Meeker lays out in this book that we'd have much better behaved, and certainly more well adjusted daughters out and about in the world.
Meg Meeker was recommended by Dave Ramsey and I not only learned life long value from this but also have given it out to many people as gifts since reading it. Whether you have a strong godly family that is stable and sure or you are going through divorce or your wife passed away... whatever the situation, she covers them all in here and you'll find not only yourself but ways to help and minister more effectively to others.
I can't recommend this book enough! It's worth your time and money time and time again. Praying for all the Fathers and Daughters out there!!
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The book was really easy to read and at times i couldn't put it down.Read more