Review and Kindle sale: Be the Dad She Needs You to Be, by Dr. Kevin Leman

June 5, 2014

I recently had the chance to read Be the Dad She Needs You to Be, by Dr. Kevin Leman. This nonfiction book was released on May 13, 2014 by Thomas Nelson.

About this book (from the back cover):

A call to dads to step up to the plate to become the loving, actively engaged father that a daughter needs for life and relational success.

The relationship that matters most to your daughter isn’t the one with her mother—it’s the one with you, Dad. Her self-esteem, choices, behavior, character, and even her ideas about or choice of a marriage partner are all directly tied to you, as the most important representative to her of the male species.
 In Be the Dad She Needs You to Be Dr. Kevin Leman, internationally-known psychologist, New York Times best-selling author, and father of four daughters, will show you not only how to get the fathering job done and done well, but also how to:
  • Make each daughter feel unique, special, and valued
  • Discipline the right way . . . when it’s needed
  • Talk turkey about what guys are really thinking
  • Keep the critical eye at bay
  • Wave the truce flag when females turn your family room into a battleground
  • Set your daughter up for life and relational success

With some effort on your part (and very few dollars), you can gain the kind of relationship you dream of with your daughter—one based on mutual love and respect. The simple yet profound suggestions will transform you into the kind of man your daughter needs . . . for a lifetime

My Verdict:

I am obviously not a dad – I got this book for my husband – but this is still a great book for moms of daughters to read. Dr. Leman is qualified to write this book, not just because he’s a successful psychologist, but also because he has successfully raised four daughters to adulthood. That in itself speaks volumes. I really liked his sections on walking the fine line of discipline (not being too authoritarian, but not being just your child’s “friend” either) and how birth order plays in to your child’s personality. I though Dr. Leman was at his best when he was being serious and directly discussing the topic; I wasn’t a big fan of his jokes, to be honest, especially the ones involving his wife. I know he meant well, but they felt like he was painting her as a caricature of a nagging wife. If you skip past the jokes to the meat of the book, this is an excellent read for both dads and moms of daughters.
If you’d like to check out Be the Dad She Needs You to Be it is currently on sale for $11.99 for the Kindle version right now (Regularly $17.99.) If you prefer a physical copy the hardcover version is currently on sale for $13.53. Remember, Amazon’s prices can change at any time.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. This site is an Amazon affiliate, and purchases made through Amazon links (including linked book covers) may result in my receiving a small commission (at no additional cost to you). I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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