You can understand the secrets of effective fathering. You can do them. You can raise healthy, happy, good kids. You can't earn a degree, take postgraduate courses, be certified or become a master tradesman, but being a dad is the most important job you will ever have. The multitude of suggestions and "should do's" being shouted at you from all corners can be overwhelming. You cannot do them all, but how do you choose which techniques and skills are the most important for raising happy, healthy children? Solid scientific research and the wisdom of excellent experienced fathers clearly show the way. This audiobook won't overwhelm you with the clamoring of a hundred voices. It will give you the seven things--the important things--you need to know and do to be an effective father. Abridged. Read by Wayne Shepherd. 3 hours. 3 CDs.
The National Center for Fathering surveyed four thousand effective fathers and discovered seven characteristics they share: commitment, knowing their child, consistency, protecting and providing, loving their child's mother, active listening, and spiritual equipping. Narrated with measured enthusiasm, the program features insights that will provoke soul-searching about the way fathers regard and care for their children. Avoiding intellectualization and moralizing about parenting, it boils the research findings down to an approach that anyone can implement. Even better, there is not the chest-beating, paternalistic focus one sees in some men's family movements. This production is about investing in the individual lives of our children with all our hearts, energy, and self-discipline. A useful lesson that all fathers should hear.
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