I have a pretty unique relationship with my dad. I was adopted when I was much, much older — 17 — but truly, my dad is the only dad I have ever known, and he is a pretty spectacular one. He has listened to me crying, my nose running horrible, over a stupid boy. He has bought me motor oil when my car was overheating (once an entire case!). He has jumped my car and moved my crap and listened to me ramble and process the world out loud dozens upon dozens of times. Each of those moments means the world to me, and because of my relationship with him, I know I will marry a man who values me and treats me with respect. (I’ll be one of those girls whose father needs to give permission for me to be married because I value his input so much!) I also have a younger sister — she’s just seven — and watching their relationship really inspires me, too.
I was given the chance to review Daddy Dates: The Road Map for any Dad to Raise A Strong and Confident Daughter and I have to say, at first I thought it was a book about a dad dating another lady who wasn’t the girls’ mother. But no, this is actually a non-fiction book about what motivates one dad to maintain important, deep relationships with his four daughters.
I thought this book was really fantastic. While there are no explicit instructions on how to conduct a Daddy Date, Wright talks about how important it is to get to know your daughters while they are still young, and to carry that relationship on throughout their life. It seems like practical advice, but I know a lot of parents — and dads — who are more or less cut off from their girls, and it makes me sad. And it shouldn’t be that way.