In todays increasingly complicated world, its often difficult for parents to connect with their daughtersand especially so for fathers. In this unique and invaluable guide, Dr. Meg Meeker, a pediatrician with more than twenty years experience counseling girls, reveals that a young womans relationship with her father is far more important than weve ever realized. To become a strong, confident woman, a daughter needs her fathers attention, protection, courage, and wisdom. Dr. Meeker shares the ten secrets every father needs to know in order to strengthen or rebuild bonds with his daughter and shape her lifeand his ownfor the better. Inside youll discover:
the essential virtues of strong fathersand how to develop them
the cues daughters take from their dads on everything from self-respect to drugs, alcohol, and sex
the truth about ground rules (girls do want them, despite their protests)
the importance of becoming a hero to your daughter
the biggest mistake a dad can makeand the ramifications
the fact that girls actually depend on their dads guidance into adulthood
steps fathers can follow to help daughters avoid disastrous decisions and mistakes
ways in which a fathers faithor lack thereofwill influence his daughter
essential communication strategies for different stages of a girls life
true stories of prodigal daughtersand how their fathers helped to bring them back
Dads, you are far more powerful than you thinkand if you follow Dr. Meekers advice, the rewards will be unmatched.
Reassuring and challenging . . . a helpful road map for concerned fathers [that] tackles difficult issues.
A touching, illuminating book that will prove valuable to all of us who are fortunate enough to have been blessed with daughters.
Michael Medved, nationally syndicated radio talk-show host, author of Right Turns
Dr. Meekers conclusions are timely, relevant, and often deeply moving. No one interested in what girls experience growing up in our culture todayand the impact that parents, especially fathers, have on the experiencecan afford to miss reading this book.
Armand M. Nicholi, Jr., M.D., professor of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
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