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Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters

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Summary

Drawing on her 30 years' experience practicing pediatric and adolescent medicine, teen health expert Dr. Meg Meeker explains why an active father figure is maybe the single most important factor in a young woman's development. In this invaluable guide, Meeker shows how a father can be both counsel and protector for his daughter as she grows into a spiritually and mentally strong young woman. 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. Meeker reveals:

  • How a man can become a strong father
  • How a father's guidance influences every part of a woman's life, from her self-respect to her perspective on drugs, alcohol, and sex
  • How to lay down ground rules that are respected without creating distance in your relationship with your daughter
  • Why you need to be your daughter's hero
  • The mistakes most fathers make and their serious consequences
  • How to help daughters make their own good decisions and avoid disastrous mistakes
  • How a father's faith will influence his daughter's spiritual development
  • How to get through to you daughter, even during her toughest don't-talk-to-me years
  • True stories of daughters who were on the wrong path - and how their fathers helped to bring them back

Learn how to grow, strengthen, or rebuild your relationship with your daughter to better both your life and hers in the best-selling Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know.

©2006 Meg Meeker (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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amazingly helpful. practical and honest.

Meg writes so well with helpful, open and honest advice to Fathers. The personal experience she shares from her work with kids is especially good

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A counter-culture book

Very easy reading and full off great advice. I feel like it could be more detailed regarding some advice, but overall it is a very informative and an eye opening book. Just wish many more men could read it, even if they have boys instead of girls.

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Evidence based and straight talking

A must read for any father who seeks to protect, nurture and give his daughter the best chance of growing up emotionally and physically whole.

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  • Bristol, United Kingdom
  • 21-08-17

A lot of useful things to know

A lot of the content of this book is good common sense. The author emphasises how important a father's role is to his daughter's life, which I think is true but I often forget. This book has been a good reminder. As other reviewers have commented the author writes from a Christian perspective. Whatever your view on this, Christianity offers a view of what's good for human flourishing, which is interesting to hear. Sometimes I think the author is a little too fearful. She works as a doctor and sees lots of problems, which perhaps colours her perspective. Nevertheless it is good to know some of the things that can go wrong (EG anorexia) and how to recognise some of the symptoms.

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  • Malty Whench
  • 04-01-17

Author describes what she finds offensive for kids

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First chapter is about the author's father who was a strong silent type but she knew he loved her because he went to a couple of sports carnivals and thought she would make it into med school.

Second chapter, the author describes how difficult it was for her 10 yr old son and her to discuss homosexuality. She describes how disgusted and uncomfortable he was. Fine, its awkward but maybe if you are talking about HIV transmission with your kids, then you can also discuss anal sex without feeling dirty etc.

Then she discusses guidelines on when to discuss masturbation, intercourse and abortion with your children and starts to attack these guidelines as being too liberal and that masturbation was dangerous and abortion should be discussed seriously.

Feels alot like a soapbox for the author to talk about her morality. Nothing yet of note about raising a strong daughter after 30 mins of talking. Maybe it gets better from here but I am turning it off.

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  • Arvin Magusara
  • 18-08-16

Terrible

Not at all what I expected. It teeters on homophobic messaging and relies on antiquated views on father/daughter relationships as opposed to relationships that are self affirming and confidence building.

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  • Patrick
  • 02-07-17

Kind of sweet, kind of preachy

I like the idea of this book, as a source if inspiration and guidance for fathers of girls. It is nice to hear how much influence we have in our girls' lives, and in ways we don't always realize.

That said, this book is high opinionated and voices its opinions in a way that makes them sound like facts. It uses a lot of "shocking" statistics to prove how scary the world is and how bad things are getting for girls. These facts are rarely put in a larger, more optimistic context that includes the amazing progress that the world is making for our girls. I found its "the sky is falling" attitude uninspiring and got tired of being lectured and moralized at.

In many ways, this book is the opposite of the much more effective "How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk", my personal favorite parenting book of all time. If you read this book, then read "How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk" as a counterweight!

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  • 18-05-19

Much more religion cited than I hoped.

If that is what you are looking for then it's great, but it was not in the description that I recall...was looking for more actual studies with data and the in's and outside of that. so.e of the examples had me scratching my head as to how they applied to the concept she was referring to.

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  • Ashley
  • 26-01-17

Some decent ideas but...

If you're a straight, conservative, Christian, married man, this book might be for you. I found it a bit close minded and seemed like everything came down to promoting abstinence and how to avoid eating disorders. Those are valid concerns but it wasn't very enlightening.

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  • Adam J Stein
  • 28-06-16

invaluable resource for this father

I have read and listened to this book many times and will again and again! As a dad w/ a teenage daughter, I need reinforced guidance on how to navigate the landscape. this book is an invaluable resource!

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  • Jordan
  • 28-07-16

Insightful

Dr. Meeker does a superb job describing the unique relationship between a father and his daughter and then discussing the importance of the relationship. An excellent listen.

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  • tomjhen
  • 17-06-16

Every dad should read

Absolutely loved this book. I sincerely believe the content will help me be a better father to my precious 9 year old daughter.

Dr Meeker has the ability to present this information in a well-researched, scientific manner, while also clearly expressing the love of a parent and pediatrician.

If you are a Dad, please please read this book. I sincerely believe your daughter will thank you for it.

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  • The Guy
  • 04-03-18

Anecdotal advice, too heavy on religion.

While the book starts out well, you quickly learn that the information provided is mostly anecdotal and pulled from single interactions with specific “patients”.

It’s not explicitly said, but becomes obvious that the author is a medical doctor, not an psychiatric professional. This changed my whole perception of her advice.

I stopped listening to the book with under two hours left, mainly because the author pushes religion way too hard. As is you couldn’t have a positive relationship with your daughter without it.

Lastly, the performance: I don’t know if the narrator has a speech impediment or a fake accent, but she is very distracting. The word “Dad” comes out as “Dat”. This theme continues with almost all words that end in a D. It’s very distracting.

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  • Diego M.
  • 19-07-16

awesome

I just can't say how valuable this book is to raise daughter's, I am really grateful because I have learned so much as a Mom and the change in my Husband's relationship with my daughter is already showing in her behavior... wisdom in every minute!

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