Saturday, May 28, 2011

"Daddy Dates" by Greg Wright

I hear so many parents saying that they don't know how to connect with their children. I find that this is especially true for Dad's and their daughters. What an inspired idea Greg Wright had in the idea of "dating" his children.
I enjoyed reading about what worked...and what didn't...for the author's family. I think this concept could be applied to any parent and their children. When you are dating someone, you do so with the intent of really getting to know them, understanding who they are and what they stand for, and having a fun and enjoyable time for you both. This is exactly what parents need to do for their children, but also what children need to gain a deeper understanding of who their parents are.
Two concepts that really stuck out to me while reading this book were;
1) Listen to your children. A lot of times I think kids feel like they are not really being "heard." Dads, in your single days, when you really liked a girl, you were an attentive listener. You knew that this was the way to get a girl to feel appreciated, special, and important. This is also true for your daughters (and sons!)
2) Just like when you were dating and got dragged to "chick flicks," the ballet, or any kind of "capade," you need to really pay attention to what your daughter (or son) wants to do. You will learn a lot about your child from what they choose to do, and it will make them feel like you really care about what interests them.
This book is funny, sweet, touching, and offers hope for any Dad who has ever felt like his sweet baby girl has gone crazy!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

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