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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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Good practical advice

I tried reading this book and although it was very good, found it to long to get through.
I listened to it on audible and found it easy listening and full of good advice.
Definitely recommend listening.

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Where you assume your daughter has no agency

Strongly advise to avoid. It assumes my daughter has no independent thought and that my role is to imprint on her and effectively see fatherhood as trying to create a mirror of myself. Potentially I looked too much into examples where success as a doctor and father was having my daughter be a doctor. This book seems more fixated on influence over guidance and that is not what I want my role to be.

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Too much focus on God

This book had some useful information but I feel it was spoiled by the author's frequent, subtle (and at times not subtle) references to God and religion being an important factor in a father's ability to properly raise a daughter.

The regular returns to God eventually made it difficult to focus on the subject matter.

If you aren't a religious person, this isn't the book for you.

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the essential guide for a father!!! very instructive. definitely will recommend it. Easy to comprehend

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This book scared me half to death.....

....as a dad with a 9yo daughter. I can't recommend this book enough for any father of a daughter. Yes you will be hiding under the covers, shaking with anxiety once you complete it, but as a father, this book has been a great source of insight in to my daughters head ;)

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  • suz
  • 27-06-2019

Good book for dads and daughters

I found listening to this book very easy. The book is directed at fathers but as a daughter I learnt some things about myself. The stories that Meg uses to illustrate her point are very effective in keeping listener engaged.

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For every Dad.

In order to give our daughters every chance of a safe and happy life, our job is to continually be present and let go of that which harms us (as a Dad and as a person). So many realizations this book has given me but the one that strikes hard is the idea that my daughter needs me more than I ever realised. My eyes are open and my heart has expanded. Thank you so much!!

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  • Sean P. Doyle
  • 07-09-2020

Trash

This book is clearly written by a feminist. There is no reason for a woman to be telling a man how to be a father. That advice should come from a man who has successfully completed the task.

According to the author everything bad in the world has happened because a father failed his daughter. The authors also demands that a man/father must sacrifice himself for the benefit of a daughter and wife. This sacrifice has not limits. I am pretty sure it is possible to be a good father without becoming the door mat of a wife and daughter and subject yourself to the whims of every psychotic thought that goes through a woman’s head.

I truly hated this book and it was torture forcing myself to finish it. The only thing I found of value was the narrative the author gave about the thought pattern of a teenage girl. I found that part scary.

If you are a father to girls like am, I recommend you seek advice from someone who has successfully raised daughters. I haven’t found the enlightenment I was looking for here but will continue to search.

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  • tomjhen
  • 17-06-2016

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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  • Jordan
  • 28-07-2016

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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  • Patrick
  • 02-07-2017

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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  • Arvin Magusara
  • 18-08-2016

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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  • Adam J Stein
  • 28-06-2016

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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  • Ashley
  • 26-01-2017

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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  • Diego M.
  • 19-07-2016

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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  • Stephen
  • 17-06-2016

Listen to this, if not for you then do it for your Daughter!

This is an excellent Audio Book, that covers a wide range of topics that will help you be the best dad you can be, but more importantly give your Daughter the best she can be, giving her the tools to create the life all our children deserve.

I would recommend this to any Father with children of any age, whether they be a baby, toddler or adult woman. The teachings in this book will be of great benefit & add to your skills as a parent.

I would also recommend this to any mothers who do not appreciate the importance of a father in their child's life. This follows my experience of being separated from my little 3 year old Angel for 9 months after her mother TRIED to stop me from ever seeing my daughter again. Fortunately my Daughter & I won the battle.

Fantastic Read - Thankyou for sharing

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  • isaac w Burgei
  • 31-05-2016

Incredible

This is a great book for every father. I have learned so much that I will be putting into practice right away. It's also a book that I will read every year so I can continue to put different things in practice with my daughters as they continue to age. Dr. Meg thank you for this gift.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-02-2021

extremely disappointing... very religious

very disappointing, overly right wing religious ideologies.

I would not recommend, was unable to get past chapter 2

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  • AS
  • 29-11-2020

I really liked it

It's a very good read. Then up to you to filter out what is relevant for you and what not.

Sometimes the points are built on really extreme situations, which don't really apply mainstream.

I encourage anyway every dad to give it a go.

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  • Neil Maree
  • 30-01-2020

Doctors are not psychologists

The book is definitely written from the viewpoint of a physician. However, doctors on not supposed to deal with the emotional issues of their clients. They are trained to prescribe medicine and to diagnose physical issues. Psychologists on the other hand are trained to diagnose and treat mental problems. Being married to a psychologist, I can see that very little of the "advice" in this book is based on psychological assessments.

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  • James Sudbury
  • 26-07-2019

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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  • Filipe Goncalves
  • 24-05-2019

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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  • kfalber
  • 01-05-2018

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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  • H
  • 21-08-2017

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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