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I am married to the wonderful and amazing woman pictured here. I listen to books to make me a better husband.
I'm one chapter in and I'm already inspired, terrified, and been brought to tears. I'm not sure I can listen to this book at work and get anything done. Unlike other books it won't sit quietly in the background and be my white noise. It's perched on my arm like my beautiful daughters and I cannot ignore the message.
I think also of my wife and her childhood and wonder how different she might be had she grown up with my father, or a better version of hers. He's not a horrible man now, so there's still hope for their relationship, but life wasn't easy and sometimes it shows. I'm inclined to send him a copy, and probably will.
Looking forward to the rest of the book...
Are you a dad? Are you a dad of a daughter or daughters? If you are and you have not read (or listened to) Meg Meeker’s book, Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know, you need to finish reading this review, then stop everything, and download, order or otherwise purchase this book and spend the next couple days reading it cover to cover. Then you need to read it again a few months later, and then again, and again. Yes, it is that important. This is hands down the BEST book for Dad’s with Daughters. I’m not saying other books are not useful or good or have nothing to offer; I’m just saying that if you only read one book in your life about parenting, this one should be the one (unless you only have boys of course).
This book was first published in September of 2006. As of the date of this post the paperback edition was #1 on the Parenting Girls list on Amazon.com. The Kindle edition was #6 on the same list, the hardcover edition was #9 and the audio book edition was #18! It was the only audio book in the top 25 and no other book even had another edition in the top 25! Furthermore, the paperback edition of her companion book, Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: The 30-Day Challenge, was #42 on the same Parenting Girls list. Most of the other books in the top 10 we published sometime after 2010. This book has 481 reviews with about 4.5 stars. Only 3 other books in the top 50 has more than 200 reviews.
Look, I’m talking to you, Dad’s with Daughters… you have to read or listen to this book. I don’t care if you don’t like to read! Cry me a river! Is your daughter worth it? Is she worth the cost of the book and the few hours it will take you to read or listen to it? If you don’t like to read eBooks or the old fashioned paper books, get the audio book and listen to it. And don’t tell me you don’t have time. That is a load of C-R-A-P! If you don’t have time to read this book then you are telling me you don’t have time to invest in your daughters life.
I've read Dobson’s book, Bringing Up Girls; it is a good book with lots of good advice on raising girls. But he refers to Meg Meeker’s book so often throughout his book he could have saved a lot of time and effort by just telling people he didn't need to write a book on daughters because the best book on daughters had already been published when he wrote his.
I’m telling you, the only Dad’s that can afford to wait to read this book are Dad’s with daughters younger than about 12 months old. The rest of you need to get this book and start listening now. Don’t waste another minute. Get the practical advice and steps you need to be the Dad you were meant to be by getting this book and reading it, over and over again.
She uses scientific and medical statistics to back up her views. Although I find in a little strange that she speaks as if she is a psychiatrist or therapist when her doctorate is in pediatrics.
I find it insulting when self-development authors tell me that I or my children need a religious upbringing and a belief in a “Higher Power” in order to be happy or a productive member of society. She practically said that my daughter would end up in a cult if I do not teach her about god, are you serious?!
“If you don’t give guidance to your daughter, she’ll come up with answers of her own, which means your authority will be replaced with someone else’s. This is how cults are formed.”
This is yet another ignorant theist who does not understand atheism.
The author claims to have the clinical evidence and research to support her ideas. She has is research showing the importance of two parent homes, but nothing that supports her model of fatherhood. As best I can tell her own clinical experience is from being a pediatrician. While she has seen a lot, she really doesn't have enough to prove out her point about what roles father played her patients problems or recovery. Even her anecdotal cases lack the full background and recovery process to prove out her point about her model of fatherhood. Further she goes on warning the reader against "all the pop psychologists out there." Ironically, she is one of the pop psychologists she is us warning about. Essentially this is book about Meg Meekers opinions with very little supporting evidence.
Some of her ideas are good. The big one fathers can have a significant influence over their daughters confidence and self image by focusing on aspects of her personality and accomplishments rather than her looks. But many of her other ideas seem skewed by her personal beliefs and her own relationship with her father (rather than clinical research as the book claims).
There are better books out there from more knowledgeable and experienced authors.
Bi-Vocational Pastor/Draftsman. Full time husband and dad. Audiobooks are a staple in my life because I can read and work...
One of my concerns about this book is that a lot of the information is repeated several times throughout the book...but then I realize that the audience is us men and we need to have instruction repeated to us over and over and over. So I accept that concern as a good thing. I like the way Dr. Meeker helps me see myself as a dad through my daughters eyes at different stages of life. The book seemed to divide into chapters on certain topics. I wish it had been divided into chapters based on age or level of development...although that can be problematic itself. It is one I shall reread in the future. I already have recommended to a friend.
Yes. Easy listen and fabulous content.
It's inspiring, challenging, and relevant to all parents and especially fathers.
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I appreciate how the author lends her perspective as an MD as she emphasizes the importance of a father in a girl's life. She does not hesitate to present the problems she sees in her medical practice regarding emotional, sexual and other issues faced by girls today, and what a father needs to do to help his daughter navigate these rough waters.
I really haven't read a book addressing father-daughter relationships in particular, but good books with guidance for fathers are Family Shepherds and Family Driven Faith by Voddie Baucham. These books also encourage dads to "man up" and lead their families in the faith.
I listened to the book in chunks while driving, doing chores, etc., which did allow me to digest it in manageable portions and probably retain the content more effectively than listening to it in one sitting.
As a Christian, I concur with the author's viewpoints on leading one's daughter spiritually. I imagine that some readers will not agree with her conservative theistic -- Biblical -- viewpoint. As with most books on parenting, this one makes me ponder with regret, of things I could have done better as my daughter was growing up. She is 14 years old now. I pray and hope that our relationship could be closer, and am trying to do what I can to change things. Finding good books like this is part of the process for me. You will not go wrong if you take its message to heart and apply it.
The narrator's pronunciation, and enunciation was excellent. So good that I spent quite a bit of time paying attention to it, haha.
The content of the book was very good up until the last chapter, on God. If you're not a Judeo-Christian then you're not going to relate to it.
I liked that she gives actual strategies and practical advice for many scenarios.
There were no characters, it's an educational book with numerous case-studies.
The author can be pretty closed-minded or judgemental in some cases. I can see that being a result of her practice where she has seen so many cases that lead her to these conclusions, but I have to disagree with a few of her ideas/solutions. For example, as someone who has no belief in any kind of God(s), I do not feel that any God is necessary to raise a strong daughter. What is necessary are the good lessons and positive examples. People often confuse religion and God with good teachings. The only thing that I like about any religion are the lessons on being good to one another.
Raising kids is not only about teaching them about sex but also about working on their studies, confidence, physical activity in their life and much much more.
For the first hour or so I was amazed at some of stats presented by the author but then I hoped that she will move on, talk about handling that issue and move to the next but she continued for another 3 hrs only describing horror stories. We get it, thanks for sharing but isn't there much more to raising kinds then just scaring them to make them stay away from sex for a long long time ?
Interested in keeping it interesting, leadership, theology and business.
Yes, @least yearly. Dr Meeker combines jarring statistics and personal experience to paint a picture of the "soup" of today's culture that our daughter's are currently swimming in. She shows how a father can enter the battle to fight alongside his daughter and protect her from who the culture tells her she needs to be in order to be accepted. She provides insight and concepts more than steps or a to do list (though there is a few "You have to do this') to help a father create or fortify his position of strength.
Dr. Meeker relays personal stories from the young girls she has served over the years and uses these stories to strengthen her overall message.
A broad picture of today's Culture, the real dangers that our daughters face, and insight that I can use to walk my daughter towards that which is beneficial for her health and mental well being.
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