52 Things Daughters Need from Their Dads: What Fathers Can Do to Build a Lasting Relationship

52 Things Daughters Need from Their Dads: What Fathers Can Do to Build a Lasting Relationship

by Jay Payleitner


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Most dads love their daughters, but they’re uncertain how they can show that love in a way their daughters understand…or figure out what their girls really need from them.

Jay Payleitner has given thousands of dads great, man-friendly advice in his bestselling 52 Things Kids Need from a Dad. Now Jay guides his readers into what is unexplored territory for many of them—girl land—giving them ways to…

  • do things with their daughters, not just for them
  • lecture less and listen more
  • be on the lookout for “hero moments” and take advantage of them
  • realize that their daughters are females…and tailor their actions and responses accordingly
  • give their daughters a positive view of the male sex

Dads will feel respected and encouraged—not made to feel guilty—and they’ll gain confidence to initiate activities that build lifelong positives into their girls. Great gift or men’s group resource.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736948104
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 03/01/2013
Pages: 199
Sales rank: 590,368
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Jay Payleitner is one of the top freelance Christian radio producers in the United States. He has worked on Josh McDowell Radio, Today's Father, Jesus Freaks Radio for the Voice of the Martyrs, Project Angel Tree with Chuck Colson, and many others. He’s also a popular speaker on parenting and marriage and the author of dozen-plus books, including the bestselling 52 Things Kids Need from a Dad, 52 Things Wives Need from a Husband, and 52 Things Sons Need from Their Dad; he also created “The Dad Manifesto.” Jay has also served as an AWANA director, a wrestling coach, and the executive director of the Illinois Fatherhood Initiative; he now partners with the National Center for Fathering, whose efforts he fosters and promotes. He and his wife, Rita, live near Chicago, where they’ve raised five great kids and loved on ten foster babies.

Table of Contents

Foreword Robin Brown DeMurga 9

Always Daddy's Little Girl 11

A Daughter Needs Her Dad…

1 To Be the Perfect Father 13

2 To Do Stuff with Her Only 17

3 To Spring for Flowers for the School Bus Driver 19

4 To Embolden Her to Write Her Own Sticky Notes for Her Own Mirror 23

5 To Get Her a Dog She Can Call Her Own 25

6 To Write Her Name on the Moon 27

7 To Not Comment on Every Little Thing 31

8 To Treat Her the Same as a Boy 78 Percent of the Time 33

9 To Not Panic About Her Decrees 37

10 To Raise Her as a Princess Among Knaves 41

11 To Willingly Do the Hokey Pokey, the Macarena, and Even the Chicken Dance 45

12 To Let Her Aspire to Be a Housewife 49

13 To Remember That Less Is More 53

14 To Totally Embarrass Her Once in a While 55

15 To Enter Her in an Ice-Cream-Eating Contest 59

16 To Dance in and out of Her World 63

17 To Let Her Know She Makes You Proud 67

18 To Expect Food Battles 69

19 To Referee Between the Two Most Important Women in Your Life 73

20 To Recall Fondly the Unfortunate Incident at the FBI Building 77

21 To Introduce Her to the Proverbs 31 Woman 81

22 To Fill Her Room with Balloons 85

23 To Be Scared to Death for Her 89

24 To Knock and Pray 93

25 To Surrender to the American Girl Thing 97

26 To Walk Her Down the Aisle 99

27 To Place Her Hand in the Grooms Hand 103

28 To Get a Little Angry and Protective 107

29 To (Maybe) Ransack Her Room 111

30 To Know Who's on First 115

31 To Rig a Handle on Her Surfboard 119

32 To Tweak Your Coaching Style 123

33 To Make Her Wishes Come True 127

34 To Untangle Cultural Expectations 131

35 To Say a Few Things So Many Times That She Repeats Them Before You Finish Talking 135

36 To Be Overjoyed She's a Girl 139

37 To Live with Dents 143

38 To Help Her Build a Lemonade Stand (Metaphorically) 145

39 To Help Her Build a Lemonade Stand (Literally) 149

40 To Not Blame Authors, Artists, Singers, and Movie Producers 153

41 To Extend His Pinky Properly at All Tea Parties 157

42 To Understand the Power of Dopamine and Oxytocin 161

43 To Know How Many Chapters There Are in Proverbs 165

44 To Friend Her on Facebook 167

45 To Ask Other Dads 171

46 To Help Her Experience the Great Exchange Early 175

47 To Be Ready for Anything During Middle School 179

48 To Share a Secret Banana Split 183

49 To Be Whittling on the Front Porch When the Suitors Come Calling 185

50 To Ask Her Questions She Wants You to Ask 189

51 To Expect Her Claws to Come Out Once in a While 193

52 To Let Her Go 195

Notes 199

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Reviewed by Lela Buchanan for Readers' Favorite There are many self-help, how-to books on almost any subject you can think of but few of them are relevant for everyday living. Although the title may seem narrow, the message in this book is not. It is applicable to anyone in relationship, but specifically geared to the father/daughter relationship. "52 Things Daughters Need from Their Dads" by Jay Payleitner offers an in-depth look at wise and practical ways a father can build a lasting relationship with his daughter. Payleitner states: ". . . no matter what their gender, you have to be intentional about pouring your love, commitment, and compassion into their little hearts from the day they are conceived until the day you die . . . that challenge is going to take . . . time, energy and creativity . . ." He adds that one of the most important tasks a parent has is to "help every child you may have to reach [his or her] highest potential." The chapters are short and easy to understand, closing with a "takeaway" or an introspective thought or suggestion to ponder on and implement. "52 Things Daughters Need from Their Dads" is a carefully thought out instruction book, tested and tried by the author, that will enhance your relationship with your daughter and, I dare say, with your son or spouse or friend. The content is relevant for the times and readily utilized without major expense. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, wishing I still had my dad, wishing I had been a wiser parent myself. Whatever relationships you may have, this book could provide an invaluable tool to making it a stronger one!