With my first baby due in about a week, I've been thinking a lot about how my husband and I will connect with our child. It seems that traditionally, there are a lot of ways that fathers connect with sons and mothers connect with daughters. Dads teach their boys about sports and show them how to “be a man,” while moms go shopping with their daughters and are the first ones to take girls to the salon or get a pedicure with them. Moms are glorified as the nurturing parent and play a vital support role in both sons' and daughters' lives. However, the relationship between father and daughter is a little murkier. Daughters have long been stereotyped as “daddy's girls,” but fathers aren't known for their ability to make a true and deep connection with their daughters. That's where Daddy Dates comes in.
Daddy Dates: Four Daughters, One Clueless Dad, and His Quest to Win Their Hearts is about a father making a true connection with his four daughters. Greg Wright realized that while he and his daughters have a relationship based on mutual respect and love, he didn't truly understand them at all. He had no idea how they thought or made decisions, and he wasn't sure that they knew how men are meant to treat women. So he started taking each of them on “daddy dates” to deepen his connection with them and ensure that they were growing into strong and confident women. He learned a lot about his daughters and himself, and he has since written Daddy Dates to reflect on the experience and help guide other clueless dads through the process.
I like that Greg Wright infuses his book with personal details and anecdotes while also offering advice that can apply to any father-daughter situation. He offers specific date suggestions, walks fathers through the process of asking their daughters on daddy dates, and explains how to have an open and honest conversation – through the good times and the rough patches. He is easy to relate to and provides insightful advice in this quick read that should be at the top of every father's book list.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from BookSneeze to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own.