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Talking with Your Daughter About Understanding Boys (8 Great Dates for Dads and Daughters) Paperback – March 1, 2014
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Bob Gresh is the author of Who Moved the Goalpost?: Seven Winning Strategies in the SexualIntegrity Game Plan and contributor to Six Ways to Keep the “Good” in Your Boy. He is founder of Grace Prep, a new model in Christian education that promotes creativity, innovation, and academic excellence. Bob and his wife, Dannah, have a son and two daughters and live in Pennsylvania on a farm with peacocks, llamas, and Bob’s beloved fainting goats.
Dannah Gresh is an author, a speaker, and the creator of the Secret Keeper Girl live events. She has sold over 1.3 million books, including Six Ways to Keep the “Little” in Your Girl, A Girl’s Guide to Best Friends and Mean Girls (coauthored with Suzy Weibel), 8 Great Dates for Moms and Daughters, the bestselling And the Bride Wore White, and Lies Young Women Believe (coauthored with Nancy Leigh DeMoss). She and her husband have a son and two daughters and live in Pennsylvania. www.purefreedom.org.
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When you consider:
A father’s degree of physical affection is directly related to her self-esteem (Meg Meeker)
There is a strong correlation between a child’s image of her parents – specifically her father – and her perception of God (Journal of Scientific Study of Religion)
Girls with absent or uninvolved fathers are at risk for an earlier sexual debut and a greater number of sexual partners (University of St. Andrews)
It becomes very obvious that while both parents are instrumental in their children’s decisions, when it comes to our girls, father/daughter discussions may be more influential than the ones we mothers are having with them.
So what I LOVE about this book is that it helps our husbands naturally bring up these necessary discussions in a way that promotes him as her strong earthly male while sharing God’s plan and wishes for her life. YES! And, it doesn’t require that your man get it all right, but just that he be there to listen and talk with your 8-12 year old girl on each of these 1.5 hour dates.
Covering 1) how boys are a part of God’s good plan, 2) beauty in what it means to be a girl, 3) true versus counterfeit love, 4) value coming from God, not a boy 5) reinforcing that she is a treasure and she should be expected to be treated like so, 6) that she can be nurture herself with God’s Word, 7) and that she can always rely on Him for guidance, as well as 8) beginning to view marriage as a picture of God’s love for His people, each of the dates has a free download kickoff, a fun activity to do with your girl that takes the awkward out of its purpose and sets up the conversation around the date’s key bible verse, and, finally, a "Talk with Dad" pullout to do before ending in a joint prayer.
Lest your man would panic at the thought of a “Talk with Dad” pullout, his contains all the answers where there is a definite right response, alleviating the stress. However, it is mostly filled with discussion questions to connect them on a heart level sprinkled with some really fun quizzes and inventories. My personal favorites include the true love test and trash versus treasure self inventory.
Because girls at this age are concrete thinkers, the Biblical Truth made manifest through visual activities is invaluable. Fun times with her dad will not only create forever memories, but it will help her realize her value so that she can enter her teen years with greater confidence.
These are honest conversations every dad wants to have with his daughter and Bob & Dannah Gresh have now given him the tools to do so in a way that our girls will be excited about. Make sure you order your copy today. It is a priceless resource! My man is already breathing easier knowing there is a copy ready to use in our home!
Finally, the last section has parts of the book to read together and then discuss. This is a great way to ignite conversation and connect fathers and daughters together. There is a place to write in the book answers and thoughts to ponder.
If dads can do this book completely with their daughters or only one or two parts, it WILL make a difference in their daughter’s lives. Any time they can spend together is vital and will give these girls the grounding they will need to deal with issues in their lives. Knowing they can talk with their dads gives them the security and reassurance they need.
THE AUTHOR PROVIDED me with a book to review. I HAVE NO OTHER CONNECTION TO AND HAVE RECEIVED NO OTHER COMPENSATION FROM Dannah Gresh.
A) The fun format. Just like all Secret Keeper Girl books, Talking with Your Daughter About Understanding Boys is written and formatted with tween girls in mind. I love the combination workbook and guidebook. I especially think this book works well for dads because it's SHORT! Guys won't be intimidated. Every page is filled with unique ideas to get dads and daughters talking. Plus, it's easy to use and navigate, so you won't get lost.
B) I just LOVED the true love test on page 63. 1 Corinthians 13 is one of my favorite Bible passages and something I use to teach my own daughters about true love, from a King's POV.
C) Right off the bat, Date #1 had me literally laughing out loud! Mission Possible (aka Adventure Pranking 101) looked like so much fun, I was a little jealous I won't be the one to take my daughters on this date. I liked that this date also included some rules on pranking (just to be safe). Boys are jokesters, and I think a dad and daughter practical joke date is a great way to kick-start their time together.
D) Finally, I appreciated the "Talk with Dad" section at the end of each chapter. Each one is a bit different, but all include scripture references, discussion points and a suggestion to close in prayer. I am so in love with this book (and series)! I am thrilled to have my own copy to use in a few years when my oldest begins her tween years. Bottom line, I recommend Talking with Your Daughter About Understanding Boys. And for those single moms out there pulling double duty, there's even a section just for you!
I received a print copy of Talking with Your Daughter About Understanding Boys from Side Door Communications. I was not asked to write a positive review. All views and opinions expressed are solely and completely my own. I received no compensation other than a print copy of the book featured in this post, which is mine to keep or gift as I choose.