Friday, February 1, 2008

Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters

I have been reading the book called Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters and it is scaring the crap out of me! I understand that it isn't easy to raise girls. I know that there are issues that she will have to deal with that I never had to deal with simply because I was a guy and others because they weren't big issues when I was growing up (at least not to me).

I just finished the chapter about sex and how the best way to approach the subject. The author says the father is the most important influence in their daughters life and that what I say will change her behavior, even if I don't believe it at the time. Of course I am an influence. I see that. But there are so many things to do right. I know I am making more of a deal out of this than necessary but it just is overwhelming. I guess I don't like to think that far ahead. I will enjoy my time with my little girl. This book explains that I need to set ground rules and expectations so they will be followed when she grows up.

I understand that everybody has different opinions. I admit that I am fairly influential. These are subject matter experts and I listen to what they say. I just feel a heavy burden on my shoulders now after reading the first half of the book. I am hoping that it will get more inspirational and uplifting by the end. I have read other 'how to be a good daddy' books and plan on reading more so my judgment won't be too influenced by one book. This is just the first one that got into specifics about raising a girl.

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