Dr. Meeker is a 20+ year pediatrician who speaks bold and convicting truth to us dads with daughters. She rejects political correctness and post feminism culture to declare that fathers are not just necessary but actually critical to their daughters’ growth, development and adulthoods. Her 10 secrets come from practical observations and real patients’ stories.
I was most struck by the story of a real dad who lost, pursued and then waited – waited for years – for his prodigal daughter to finally come home from the streets. This father was never given an answer as to why she left, had no pretty Hallmark ending, and never had closure. We respect him because he simply filled in his role as the Father to take her back in love. I know I felt challenged and encouraged to be willing to do the same.
We are assured we have a job to do, often a hard job and not always a fun job to be the father to these girls. And we are reminded we need to do so, even when the end is not in sight and the rewards seem to never materialize. Dr. Meeker begs us to reject modern passivity, accept this responsibility and find courage to engage…..
“Dads, you are far more powerful than you think you are. My goal in writing this book is to show you how to use your power to improve your life with your daughter, and by doing so to make your life remarkably richer, more rewarding, and more beneficial to those you love…Friends, family members, teachers, professors, or coaches will influence her to carrying degrees, but they won’t knead her character. You will. Because you’re her dad.”
-Meg Meeker, M.D.
Book Review By Paul Winn