I don’t think it’s too early to start laying the foundation of the type of father that I want to be when my daughter is older. At the recommendation of Dave Ramsey, I read Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know by Meg Meeker, M.D. The author does a great job of painting the picture of the need of a father in a daughter’s life and what it means to be a strong father in order to raise a strong daughter.
One of my worst fears is that my daughter would grow up without knowing how much she is loved.
On the flip side, love can’t always be hugs and kisses.
Sometimes love has to be tough.
In the book, the author goes into great detail of why, as a father, I must stand up for my daughter, advocate for her, teach her to be humble, show her healthy boundaries, teach her to problem solve and help her to know God. While my daughter is still just a baby, I am trying to prepare myself for the many challenging situations that lie ahead.
The wealth of knowledge and insight in this book is amazing. I highlighted and took extensive notes and will definitely have to revisit it as my daughter grows. Here is a peek at a few of the key insights in the book.
- I am the most important man in my daughter’s life. She will first know love by how I love her.
- I need to be her hero. Fight for her when nobody else will. Implications of not fighting for her can cause a lack of trust or even depression. (page 38)
- Teach her to be humble: Lead by example (page 92). Gently guide her to recognize her strengths and limitations. Let her fail and let her know that I still love her when she does. (page 80)
- I must clearly define my expectations for my daughter. Especially around sex and alcohol. Standards must be clear. (page 94)
- Pragmatism and grit: I need to be her voice of reason. She will look to me to develop an action plan for solving her problems. Use this to teach her to solve problems on her own.
- Be the man I want her to marry.
- Stay balanced: Set up protective boundaries that will keep her safe, but also give her enough space for the activities she enjoys while leaving room for daily downtime.
- Teach her about God daily by actions and words.
- Train her to asses her impulses: Are they good or bad? Will this make you stronger or weaker?
The book obviously goes into greater detail on each of these, and there are many examples to help paint the picture of what a strong father should be. I highly recommend this book for any father who has or is expecting a daughter.
What are some good parenting books that you would recommend?
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