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By: William Whitworth
Recently a good friend of mine recommended a book to me. At first, to be honest, I brushed him off. Juggling life, work, being a dad and dance practices for my daughter can get quite busy. But, in life, if it’s important it needs to get done and being a great dad is a personal mission of mine so I got a copy of the book. It’s called “Strong Father’s Strong Daughter’s” and it was amazing!
About the Author
The author is Meg Meeker, a Ph. D, who has more than 20 years of experience in pediatric and adolescent medicine. She has written for Psychology Today online. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Advisory Board of The Medical Institute. I thought that the book was full of wisdom, knowledge, and good practical insight as well. After all, what better way to learn what a daughter is thinking, feeling, or experiencing other than from someone who was and still is a daughter? How a father’s guidance influences every part of a woman’s life, from her self-respect to her perspective.
In the book, she goes on to share tips and insights as to what your and my daughter is facing and dealing with in terms of life in today’s world. How important father’s are to their children and how we need to be their role model, hero, and so much more. It also provides statistics, ( some of them mind boggling) from everything such as drug use, drinking, and sex to fathers proving spiritual, emotional and financial support. Meeker states that “fathers, more than anyone else, set the course for a daughter’s life.” (p. 9). She states that daughters need attention from their fathers, and she says that daughters take guidance on many issues, such as drug use, drinking, and sex from the example set by their father (p. 25). She states that daughters need a father’s role as a “hero” to help her to “navigate through a treacherous popular culture” (p. 29) that is “not healthy for girls and women” (p. 28).
I personally thought that the book was a real eye opener. Now, more than ever children need their dads and fathers in their lives…And not just to be in their lives but something and someone for them to look up to. It opened my eyes a whole lot more as to how much they watch us and look to us for guidance, protection and even encouragement. It stress the importance of being a leader and role model in the home and their lives. How a father’s modeling contributes or denigrates a daughter’s self-esteem; the importance of boundaries and how to enforce them; the biggest mistake a dad can make; the importance of faith; and how girls depend on their dad’s guidance well into adulthood So, if you truly love your child like I do. Please go get or download a copy of this book today. It will make you a better person, husband, and most importantly, dad!
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