©2003 Ricardo Silva Romero; (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC
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.
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.
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.
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.
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