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Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know [Hardcover]

Meg Meeker M.D.
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Book Description

Aug. 30 2006
Father-Daughter Bonding

With nearly thirty years of counseling girls, teen health expert Dr. Meg Meeker explains why girls benefit from an active father figure—the man who must be for his daughter both leader and protector, counsel and spiritual guide.

From cradling his newborn to walking her down the aisle, a father must relish his paramount responsibility—guiding the course of his daughter’s life.

Learn how to strengthen—or rebuild—your relationship to better both your life and hers in the bestselling Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know.

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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Religion versus Spirituality Aug. 18 2013
By DR JFB
Format:Kindle Edition
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Take the good with the bad Sept. 9 2013
By ITS
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource June 28 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars My husband loved it June 2 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME Book April 21 2014
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Every dad should read this book. Got two chapters and had to buy a copy for my 2 brother in laws who had little girls too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book that changed my life Dec 25 2013
By Robert
Format:Hardcover
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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5.0 out of 5 stars great book Nov. 22 2013
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highly recommended by my friend with 2 daughters. I am half way through it and it is a good book
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1.0 out of 5 stars God, god, god
I should have read the reviews first, this book is being returned in less than 1 day of it arriving on my doorstep. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Bryan Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book on how godly men can bring up godly daughters
This book has great insights in to godly men training their daughters to follow God and to become godly women!

Great book for all fathers and too be fathers! Read more
Published 16 months ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars the influence of fathers on their daughters!
Every Father should read this! This is the best book I've ever read on the topic! It can change the future!
Published 18 months ago by cheri denis
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing and Outdated
I was seriously disappointed in this book. Not only is the information largely outdated and irrelevant to most of today's fathers (Meeker makes reference to TV shows that are no... Read more
Published on Dec 24 2010 by Lin Snow
4.0 out of 5 stars great book for fathers with daughters
I find that most of the advices in here are helpful. The only part I found difficult to absorb is how the author tries to convert readers to become religious, so that "God"... Read more
Published on June 9 2010 by T. Bui
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read guide for fathers of daughters
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. Read more
Published on Feb. 24 2010 by Stewart Kiff
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