"Daddy Dates" is a how-to guide for fathers on taking out their own daughters on one-on-one outings and in the process, establishing a stronger bond with them. It is supposedly the "road map for any dad to raise a strong and confident daughter". It's not your typical parenting book written by a PhD. Greg Wright is your average dad who stumbled across a surprisingly simple and yet effective method of connecting with his daughters as well as impacting their lives positively during the typical years of growing pains. The book is aimed at fathers with at least one daughter, but it's really for any male who wishes to establish a special relationship with the females in his life.
I thought the book very entertaining. It is humorous and engaging, even if I found some of the ideas already familiar. It does give many useful tips, and if I were a father raising a daughter, I'd be excited to try out an idea or two as soon as possible. I'm not a father, but I'm married to somebody who is and we're raising a daughter together. I'm definitely making my husband read it as I'm certain it'll benefit our family immensely. Incidentally, I was also able to read the book from the perspective of a man's daughter. While I undoubtedly have a good father, I don't remember him taking me out on a real "daddy date". If we had done "daddy dates", I think my foray into dating life would have been a more positive and secure experience and not one that was prompted by magazine articles from doubtful sources.
The book has a good blend of theory and illustrations from Wright's personal experiences. The basic idea was discussed thoroughly, with plenty of insight and wit. Another good thing about it is that while the author knew what he was talking about, he never came off sounding like a know-it-all. He's somebody whom fathers could feel would be able to relate to them, even in their moments of confusion and uncertainty.
(Disclaimer: As a blogger I received a free review copy of this book from Booksneeze. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.)