Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Booksneeze Book Review: Daddy Dates by Greg Wright
Mr. Wright covers a lot of ground in a few pages (around 200 not counting the Pop Quiz and the Top 15 Daddy Dates). Some chapters are very man-centered. “How to Talk to a Girl” (this is self-explanatory), “Totin’ the Load” (this is all about purses and other baggage girls decide to carry), “Tweening” (what’s a dad to do when girls go all curvy?) are centered on teaching dads about girls. They cover things most women already know. I was repeatedly amazed that a man could so precisely express things that most women think, but rarely say.
Other chapters are universal to all parents. “Friendship Rocks” (when should they date? This one will surprise you), “The River and the Whirlpool” (have friends who keep you accountable), “When Daddy Doesn’t Live There” (or Mommy), and “Lucky Number 13” (everything changes now) all apply to moms and dads. And they set some pretty high standards.
There are two concepts in Daddy Dates that stick out to me. Reading the book, I wished that my own dad had done these things. I wished my husband did them more. And I was reminded that as my daughter grows up, I’ll need to do them too.
1. Listen. Pay attention to what she’s saying for as long as it takes her to say it. Don’t try to solve her problems. Sometimes she just needs to talk it out.