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Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know Hardcover – Aug 30 2006

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 267 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing (Aug. 30 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596980125
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596980129
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 17.1 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #300,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The most important person in a young girl’s life? Her father.

Teen health expert Dr. Meg Meeker has the data and clinical experience to prove it. After more than twenty years of counseling girls, she knows that fathers, more than anyone else, set the course for their daughters’ lives.

Now Dr. Meeker, author of the critically acclaimed Epidemic: How Teen Sex Is Killing Our Kids, shows you how to strengthen--or rebuild--your bond with your daughter, and how to use it to shape her life, and yours, for the better.

Directly challenging the feminist attack on traditional masculinity, Dr. Meeker demonstrates that the most important factor for girls growing up into confident, well-adjusted women is a strong father with conservative values. To have one, she shows, is the best protection against eating disorders, failure in school, STDs, unwed pregnancy, and drug or alcohol abuse—and the best predictor of academic achievement, successful marriage, and a satisfying emotional life.

Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters reveals:
  • The essential characteristics and virtues of strong fathers—and how to develop them

  • How daughters take cues from their fathers on everything from drug use, drinking, smoking, and having sex, to self-esteem, moodiness, and seeking attention from boys

  • Why girls want you to place restrictions on them (even though they’ll complain when you do)

  • How to become a hero to your daughter—and why she needs that more than anything

  • The one mistake fathers make that is the primary cause of girls "hooking up"

  • Why girls depend on the guidance of fathers through, and even beyond, their college years

  • Recipe for disaster: the notion that girls "need to make their own decisions and mistakes"

  • Why girls need God—and how your faith, or lack thereof, will influence her

  • How to communicate with your daughter—and how not to

  • True stories of "prodigal daughters"—and how their fathers helped bring them back

Dads, you are far more powerful than you think you are. Your daughters need the support that only fathers can provide—and if you are willing to follow Dr. Meeker’s advice on how to guide your daughter, to stand between her and a toxic culture, your rewards will be unmatched.

About the Author

MEG MEEKER, M.D., has spent nearly thirty years practicing pediatric and adolescent medicine and counseling teens and parents. Dr. Meeker is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a fellow of the National Advisory Board of The Medical Institute. Dr. Meeker is a popular speaker on teen issues and is frequently heard on nationally syndicated radio and television programs. She lives and works in Traverse City, Michigan, where she shares a medical practice with her husband, Walter.They have four children.

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I really liked this book at the start...until the undertone of religion took over. It takes a good man to raise a good daughter. It does not take religion to raise a good daughter. I was raised Roman Catholic and I am still getting over it. You can believe in God without all the guilt and shame that religion (Catholicism in my case) brings. Be a good man, pay attention to your daughter, put family first...what else do you need to know?
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This is probably the only parenting book that my husband loved!!! He gives it out like hot cakes to people.

It is a good read with real stats and real stories to help fathers and families raise healthy and happy daughters. If you had a difficult relationship with your father, and you're a mother reading the book it can be a tough one to get through but well worth it because you can see what went wrong and why it had, and has, an effect on you still. Very healing.
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One of the most insightful books I have read on this subject. Meg gives the readers first-hand knowledge about the importance of a dad's role in his daughters life. She has used both her education and personal experience to encourage dads to "be there", and see what a difference we can make in her life. The book is filled with loads if stats and practical tips, to equip the reader with the tools they need.
I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to learn how to be a better dad.
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Although a mom myslef, I read this book with so much awe and silent amazemnt. It was recommended and read by my husband first. Being the parents of three little girls, we really found such deep treasures here. Loved the research, the expert point of view and the advice given. It can easily be considered a handbook for families with girls!
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I bought this book for my husband (who generally does not read) and he loved it. So many "ah ha" moments throughout the book and he would often discuss what he learned in each chapter. My husband is now more insightful what the needs of our girls are, and what their needs will be as they continue to get older.
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As with all self improvement books, you take what you want out of it.

The best thing about this book is the advice to never back down from the responsibilities of being a father to a daughter. Especially when they go through the teenage years, and they seem to want to be left alone. That's when daughters need fathers the most.

All the scare-mongering about sex, gets a bit tiring after being repeated on every single page of the book.
Also, the chapter about teaching your child about God in the strict Judeo-Christian method seems a bit shallow. Being a Christian myself, I could see that teaching spirituality and acceptance is a better way to go on this one.

Some of biggest problems we face in the world are caused by "My God is better than your God".
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Very strongly recommend this book. Opened my eyes to many aspects of my relationship with my daughter. A must read in my opinion.
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Meg Meeker's short and clear book will give you targeted advice on how to be a good father. As the father of two girls, I found this book an easy read on first reading. And I return to it regularly, and every time I return I find myself reading large parts of it again as her advice is so practical.

A must read guide for fathers of daughters.
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