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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Daddy Dates: Four Daughters, One Clueless Dad, and His Quest to Win Their Hearts by Greg Wright

What a great idea.

Greg Wright
In a world where so many kids are disconnected from their families, Greg Wright is determined  to be a large part of his four daughters' lives. The only way to do this is to spend time with his girls - lots of time (I once had a principal tell me that kids spell love T-I-M-E and I have seen nothing in 21 years of teaching to contradict that thought).

The "daddy date" is devoted time just to them as a unique and special person. He achieves this by having "daddy dates" with them. On a daddy date he picks up the girl at home, takes her to a restaurant and/or an activity (not a movie, but an activity that promotes conversation) that she would like. Finally, starts a discussion with her and mostly listens. As a bonus, he is modeling the kind of behavior a special young man should show them when they go on dates (his daughters do not date in high school - they can go out in groups but not paired off dates).

Greg Wright is not a professional expert on children but he does have a firm grasp on the often-confusing interaction between men and women. He offers lots of practical advice on what makes a good "date" with a daughter, several sample date ideas, and even personality profiles to give us clueless dads a place to start with a good discussion on the first "date."

This is a very quick and easy read, but I think it is an important book.

The author also has a website to offer additional resources.

I received a complimentary copy of this book as part of the Booksneeze program in exchange for an honest review.

I rate this book 5 stars out of 5.

Reviewed May 7, 2011.

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