She Still Calls Me Daddy: Building a New Relationship with Your Daughter After You Walk Her Down the Aisle
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Thomas Nelson / 2009 / Hardcover

She Still Calls Me Daddy: Building a New Relationship with Your Daughter After You Walk Her Down the Aisle

Thomas Nelson / 2009 / Hardcover

Stock No: WW221700

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In She Still Calls Me Daddy, author Robert Wolgemuth reminds fathers of the important role they play in their daughter's lives even after they have given her away in marriage. He addresses seven key relationship issues that will change and even provides thoughts on becoming a grandfather. Topics include protection, conversation, affection, discipline, laughter, faith, and conduct. Jacketed hardcover.

Product Information

Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 201
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.37 (inches)
ISBN: 0785221700
ISBN-13: 9780785221708

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Publisher's Description

A memorable guidebook for fathers to help them create a new adventure with their married daughters.

Standing at the altar giving their little girl away begins a new day and the need for a new way for fathers to relate to their daughters. Robert Wolgemuth, author of the best-selling She Calls Me Daddy, reminds fathers of the important role they still play while offering insight as to how it must change in the next chapter of their girls’ lives. Topics cover seven relational issues:

  • Protection
  • Conversation
  • Affection
  • Discipline
  • Laughter
  • Faith
  • Conduct

Includes thoughts on an ongoing relationship as well as on becoming a granddaddy. Discussion questions provide a great opportunity for personal or group study.


If you are a man who has walked his daughter down the aisle to hand her over to her groom (and I am such a man), then Robert Wolgemuth's She Still Calls Me Daddy will be something you will be able to resonate with. Half of the book is Wolgemuth's personal memories of rearing his two daughters, establishing family traditions, seeing the girls grow up and fall in love, giving them away as brides, and then enjoying becoming a five-time grandfather. The other half of the book consists of suggestions and guides on how to encourage a married daughter in her new role as a wife, how to give her the freedom she deserves, how to make a son-in-law feel valued and respected, and how to rediscover one's wife now that the two of you are a couple (only) once again after several decades of having been hands-on parents.

Wolgemuth often comes by his superb advice based on times when he has made a complete fool of himself. He tells the story of how he was such a dictatorial drill sergeant at this daughter's wedding rehearsal, he wound up making his daughter burst into tears and everyone lose all their joy at the event. He tells about the time he volunteered to help with some remodeling at his daughter's home, but then went overboard by telling them how and where they should mount the pictures on their walls.

In short, Wolgemuth knows what he's talking about because frequently he did it the wrong way and now wants to warn his male readers, "Don't go there." Some episodes are both funny and painful, such as the time when he challenged his two son-in-laws to two afternoons of racketball, to prove to them he was still young and tough. He played very well -- and damaged the muscles in his right arm so severely, he was in rehab for more than two years! This book is not a series of sermons, but the author does draw upon biblical lessons (most from the Old Testament) in showing how to be a good husband, dad, father-in-law, and overall role model. One very poignant scene is a recollection of when Wolgemuth's very strict, conservative, authoritarian father visited the home of his married granddaughter and spotted a wine rack in the kitchen. Just the notion that his granddaughter would allow any form of alcohol into her home made the old man numb with anger. He later confronted his son about it, but the son made it plain that when a daughter leaves her parents to cleave to her husband, they become their own family, with their own rules. Parents (and certainly grandparents) have no right to barge in and try to run their lives. It's biblical.

This is not the kind of smarmy, sappy book designed to made readers cry. Instead, it is a story of one man's personal journey into a new phase of life of no longer being the "go to guy" in his daughters' lives, yet still being important to them. It's a book that is honest, pragmatic, and on target. – Dr. Dennis E. Hensley,

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  1. Lynn P
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    July 14, 2010
    Lynn P
    Are you looking to strengthen your relationship with your daughter after she gets married and starts a family of her own? Then this book would be a great read. I was moved by this book. I am not a father and never will be but I really could see how this book would benefit the father for sure. Learning how to build a better relationship with your grown daughter after she gets married. I know there isn't a lot of books out there that help strengthen the bond you will have with her after she leaves your home. Built on a biblical foundation, the author helps you reach your best potential of being a father of a grown daughter. This book helps you embrace the challenges of letting her go as you watch her take the hand of her new husband. I know the day will come when I will watch my daughter leave the home and build a new one for herself. Tears of joy as well as anticipation and fear all come with this new life change. Learning to treat her as a woman and wife and letting go of the 'little girl' is a hard thing for a father to do.. This book will help you make this tough transition into something God has called blessed..
  2. Jim Greenacre
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 9, 2010
    Jim Greenacre
    If youre a Dad with one or more daughters this book is a must read! From the early years of doll houses to the day of their marriages, the author shares lots of practical experiences and stories that will cause you to laugh, cry and remember. Youll be caught up in Wolgemuths journey as he bares his heart and soul sharing with his readers the lessons he learned about giving his daughters away to another man, adjusting to son-in laws and acknowledging the reality of getting older.Whether youre a new Dad just starting out, or one with years in the trenches this is a great read and one you shouldnt miss! This book will give you special insights and the tools you need to gracefully expand your family and continue to cherish the young woman who still calls you Daddy.I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  3. Freedom
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    January 13, 2010
    This book is great.1. Its a page turner. The stories always have a direct point, and the author does not loose you with unnecessary details. For example, the author stresses the idea that giving your daughter away is a BIG deal. (not a bad deal.) The story is of a womans wedding day, and before she is given to the new man in her life, she still needs to call on her father.It was then that one of the bridesmaids approached Allis dad, Dan. Catching his eye, she leaned in toward his ear with a message that was not apparently for public broadcast. Seeing the intensity on her face, the father of the bride leaned in and listened carefully. Your Daughter needs you, the young woman whispered. In less than a minute, after a few steps down a short hall, Dan was standing next to his only daughter. Daddy and daughter were alone together in a small room, she had never looked more elegantMore grown upthan this. It was the moment she had dreamed of. At no time had she looked more ready to be a brideand a wife. But for this one exciting moment, amid the hurried activity and palpable anticipation, she needed the presence of this man who was her daddy. Just one more time.2. In the end of every chapter he gives the bare bones, no fluff, this is what you will need for the remodel edition of the chapter. Not really a check list, but more of a quick snap shot. These are extremely helpful.3. The purpose of the book is stated right before chapter one, and I truly appreciate what the author said:My Goal in penning the following pages is not to predict exactly what will happen in your remodeled relationship with your married daughter. I dont know that. And my goal is not to sound like an expert and tell you what to do every step of the way. Again, I am not equipped to understand every nuance of your personal situation. What I have attempted to do is to describe, from my own personal experience, the adventure you are about to face as honestly as I can.
  4. Casey Pitts
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    October 20, 2009
    Casey Pitts
    In 2008, more than 2 million brides walked down the aisle leaving fathers and mothers behind. Maybe one of those beautiful girls moved out of your house.She Still Calls Me Daddy by Robert Wolgemuth offers advice for fathers using the analogy of remodeling a house. A father releases his daughter physically, emotionally, and spiritually when she cleaves to her husband. This relational remodeling project requires communication and acceptance.The concept of a new normal provides the books foundation. As young ladies date, they explore the family dynamics and habits of other households. Newlyweds then meld their ideas into a new normal. Robert Wolgemuth takes this premise to the next level and asks fathers to facilitate healthy new relationships with their grown daughters. I especially appreciate his honest disclosure of his own experiences. He gives the reader the opportunity to laugh at his mistakes and cry over his disappointments.Practical suggestions are scattered throughout each chapter. Readers who prefer a structured format will like the Remodelers Checklist summarizing each chapter in a lighthearted, sincere tone.She Still Calls Me Daddy will be on our parent resource shelf for years to come. As our daughters grow up, it will continue to provide encouragement and insight.Thank you to Thomas Nelsons Book Review Blogger program for allowing me to review this title.
  5. Aaron
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    September 3, 2009
    What I connected with is a father that loves his daughters and his wife. It is written by a man that wants nothing more than to give his daughters away to their husband and yet continue to be their father and friend. As a Dad of two little girls and a son, I can appreciate the hearts desire to walk your children through their early years and then insure that their spouse will continue to good work.
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