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After reading this book, I understand what kind of impact I am having on her, and what impact I have had on her since the day I held her for the first time in the Hospital when she was only hours old.
I have recommended this book to every father I know, and I recommend it to you now.
It is not just what it tells you about what you need to do but what happens when you are not around. How, when you are not there, your daughter still thinks about you and what you have shown her, and how that shapes how she handles herself and the world around her.
The stories in the book really touch my heart. From the simple ones that make you smile to the heart wrenching ones that can make you weep out loud.
Lets not stop at how you effect your Daughter, this book also makes you realize how SHE shapes YOUR life. Once you read/listen to this book you will never look at a Victoria Secret cover the same again.
The world will look different in your eyes. It might look a little more dangerous in some ways and wonderful in others. All because your perspective has changed. You will start looking at things as how they would effect your little girl if she saw it.
It makes you realize, also, that how you treat your Wife in front of her can dictate how she will be treated by her husband and vice versa.
If you are a Man who has or is about to have a little girl then I ask you to read this book. It will help you and her for YEARS to come.
After I read the book I purchased it from audible.com so that I could listen to it when I drive.
This book is actually quite insightful and simple to comprehend, and has therefore helped me to understand and appreciate the unique needs of my alien daughter.
Half way through the book so far, I have encountered absolutely no signs of "constant right wing Christian moral espousement". Religion isn't mentioned at all.
This book is helping me reconnect with my daughter, but be forewarned, having your mistakes and weaknesses pointed out in the examples isn't an easy listen....
I came from a family that was abusive, i was in and out of foster homes and then adopted. We are our childrens first teachers and my "teachers" were not instructing me very well on how to discipline, raise and love my own children. nonetheless i was getting an education on how to raise my children.
This book changed my education and taught me the importance of my role to my daughter....and also helped me to understand my wife.....(didn't think that was possible!).
The material was wonderful and very helpful to me. It gave me the courage and inspiration to talk to my daughter about some very challenging subjects. I would be very interested in a shortened version that wasn't so repetitive. I listen to a lot of audio books with less interesting subject matter but I had a hard time making it all the way through this one. I ended up listening to it in double speed.
When I was an expectant father of a daughter I ran into this book. So I got it and read it or rather listened to it. I can not begin to relay to you the wealth of info this book has in it. It really made me look at fatherhood in a whole new way. It also let me in on some of what my little girl will expirience, feel, think, and how to approach these situations and issues. GREAT BOOK.
Not by Meg Meeker
Anything not by Meg Meeker
no complaints here
Meg Meeker is not a psychologist, sociologist, or therapist. She's a pediatrician with outspoken religious and conservative convictions. In other words, she is not qualified to write an objective, fact-based book on healthy father-daughter relationships. Yet the book is presented as though she is an expert in psychology and sociology. This is potentially damaging pseudo-science. Her website actually states, "Dr. Meg Meeker is the country’s leading authority on parenting, teens and children’s health." Pretty impressive for someone who's never done one ounce of research or published one research document or even been certified in psychology or sociology.
Dr. Meeker does a great job of explaining all the things that go through a girl's mind as she is growing up and how that can have unintended impacts on her. Fathers should understand this.
After an average introduction of the problems / world facing our daughters, the book hits you right between the eyes with the immense responsibilities fathers have to their daughters. This book tells you how to step up to the plate and guide your daughter to a better future. If you care about your daughter, this is a must read.
This was a great purchase. I think this is an important book that I will listen to again and one that I have already recommended to other fathers.
There is a lot of valuable and enlightening information in the book Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters. I agree with most points Dr. Meeker attempts to make in this book, though I found it to be filled with Judea-Christian propaganda. If you are a "believer" in either of these faiths, there is plenty of confirmation bias and the "science" to back it as to relieve any cognitive dissonance you may have regarding your faith. If you possess critical thinking skill and courage to think for yourself, you will be able to trudge through the religious biased Bull Sh*t. If you are seeking an open-minded, intelligent approach, clinically sound science, and use of critical thinking skills throughout, you will have to look elsewhere.
It is important to keep in mind Dr. Meeker is a pediatrician, not a psychologist, not a sociologist, and definitely not a scientist as she claims herself to be.
Because I am wired toward gathering honest & useful information, I will re-listen to this book. Next time I will definitely skip chapter 13, and maybe 14 depending on how much religious propaganda I can stomach! I really do want to give credit to the valuable information contained in this book, unfortunately for me Meg's inability to restrain her religious fever can be extremely challenging and nauseating at best.
I intimately understand Biblical & cultural indoctrination and their assumptions. Dr. Meg Meeker is well intended & indoctrinated, that is why she can't see the forest for the trees. The Bible and her cultural assumptions form the constructs and limitations of her paradigm. On the entrance of every mission should a sign be hung reading "Good Intentions Pave the Road to HELL!” Those who seek Religion seek Comfort, Not Truth! I highly recommend Dr. Meeker reads Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me), a non-fiction book by social psychologists Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson. You can find it here at Audible.com.
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