What do girls think about their fathers? And what are fathers struggling with when it comes to their relationship with their daughters?
Award-winning journalist, author and commentator Madonna King has interviewed over five hundred girls and many fathers, as well as leading psychologists, school teachers, CEOs, police, counsellors and neuroscientists, to get the answers all mothers, fathers and daughters need to know.
Exploring a father's role in his daughter's life from both perspectives, Madonna examines the key issues that arise and helps families navigate the, sometimes, very difficult moments.
This essential and insightful book reveals why daughters can turn against their fathers and explores:
· Teen rebellion
· Sexual education
· Divorced families
· How much influence can/should a father have and what you can do to repair a broken relationship?
FATHERS AND DAUGHTERS will give a voice to our girls, insight to our fathers and peace of mind to both.
Australian journalist and television presenter King (Being 14) polled and interviewed 1,300 girls, and many of their dads, along with parenting experts, school administrators, and psychologists for this, unfortunately, rather routine and unenlightening investigation into the father-daughter relationship. King relates how normal adolescent emotional development and changing needs can affect clueless and tuned-in dads alike, observing that teenage girls want dads who are supportive but nonjudgmental, and are genuinely interested in and solicitous of their opinions which may be difficult for those stuck on thinking of their girls as children. Though King crafts a decent narrative, she offers nothing new and very limited advice, relying primarily on the voices of her interviewees to set the tone, which is marred by Down-Under colloquialisms and takes on customs, culture, and education. The concluding chapter features a list of skills dads should keep in mind for rekindling and maintaining the dad-daughter connection: unconditional love; confidence building; being there; shared interests and quality time together; teaching life skills and decision-making; and meaningful, not superficial, communication. Despite exhaustive research, including the use of American experts and authors, this is so relentlessly Australian as to make King's work unlikely to appeal to U.S. parents.