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Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 9781441228192
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Great dads raise great kids who tend to be happier, healthier, and more successful in life. But men sometimes struggle with how to go about being that great dad, especially if their own fathers were not positive role models. Fathering expert Rick Johnson offers men ten practical strategies to become the dads they want to be. He helps dads

- help their kids find the humor in life
- surround their family with healthy friends and role models
- communicate clearly with their children
- "brand" their families with memorable sayings and traditions
- help their kids develop self-esteem and respect for others
- be a gatekeeper when it comes to their kids' social circle
- and set reachable goals for themselves and their children

Every father can be a great dad. This clear and to-the-point book gives them the tools they need to do it well.

Author Bio

Rick Johnson is a bestselling author of That's My Son, That's My Teenage Son, That's My Girl, and Better Dads, Stronger Sons, as well as Becoming Your Spouse's Better Half and Romancing Your Better Half. He is the founder of Better Dads and is a sought-after speaker at many large parenting and marriage conferences across the United States and Canada. Rick, his wife Suzanne, and their grown children live in Oregon. To find out more about Rick Johnson, visit www.betterdads.net.

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  1. Roanoke, VA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Want to be a better dad?
    November 3, 2015
    TheToddLynn
    Roanoke, VA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    5 years and 2 months ago, my wife and I become the parents to a beautiful baby girl. In March of this year we became the parents to the cutest baby boy ever bornI might be a little bias. Outside of marriage, there is probably nothing that teaches people more about themselves than parenting and in 5 short years, I have had some great moments and some not so great moments. There are moments I look back at and wonder how I could have possibly responded and acted the way I did. Then there are times where I have the perfect parent mindset and I wonder why it does not remain forever. As anyone will tell you, parenting is hard work. It is a tough task for anyone. The only people who might say parenting is easy would be those parents who have abdicated their responsibility to actually raise their kids and pay others to do it.

    As soon as you say you want to be the best parent there is, your child will unknowingly find a way to put you to the test. You might be on the way home from work and say I am going to be the perfect father when I get home. Then, you walk in the door to your house and it looks like a tornado has somehow picked out the inside of your home and completely turned everything around. The home you left when you went to work in the morning is a distant memory. Your wife is laying on the couch (if she doesnt meet you at the door and tell you good luck, I will be back in a month) completely worn out from the day. Every room looks like my daughter turned into the incredible hulk and just went smashing through the house. On top of that, she has decided the walls would be her painting and coloring canvas instead of paper, the toilets are clogged because she used too much toilet paper after using the bathroom, water is all over the bathroom floor from her cannonball into the bathtub, the floors are a slip-n-slide due to drool from my teething son, and my daughter is running around the house singing Let it Go at the top of her lungs. Ok, so the truth is this has never happened to me, it may have to some of you but I just wanted to include this for dramatic effect. It seems when we decide to become better at something, the universe comes at you with all guns blazing. It is crazy how this happens. But every feeling you have had to this moment goes out the window as you just want to walk back out and try again in a couple hours.

    I have to admit I have never personally experienced anything this bad, but it does seem that every time I truly decide I am going to be more patient with my kids, something happens to test it. Up until reading this book, I had been praying and asking God to help me become a better father and husband. 10 Things Great Dads Do was the best book for me to read at my current stage in life. I am far from being a perfect dad. I have my good moments and my bad moments but unfortunately, it seems like the bad moments far outweigh the good moments. I do not want to be the dad who looks back and regrets how he parented his kids. I want to be the dad who looks back and cherishes every moment he had with his children and would not change a thing. I know this would only happen in a perfect world but I also know if I truly want to be the best father and husband I can be, it will take hard work, discipline and dedication. Some people might say it will take blood, sweat and tears, which can also be true but I think you get the picture. To be a good father, it will take work because our kids really know how to bring out the worst in usand they never had to be trained for it. After reading 10 Things, I can honestly say I have been refreshed, encouraged and challenged to be the best father I can be as well as equipped with some helpful tips and advice on how to move forward in my quest to better fathering.

    Rick Johnson shares from personal experiences as well as stories from other fathers in order to help dads make decisions to be great dads, and that is what it takes, a decision to do it and then the discipline to follow through. Anyone can be a great dad but in order to do so, you cannot forfeit your responsibilities, you have to embrace them. Along with this, there is enormous pressure on fathers. It has been proven that children without a father face a much more difficult life than children with fathers. Daughters and sons both need the presence of a father or the tide turns against them in life and life becomes an even more intense uphill battle. Thus, fathers really need to step up to the plate for the sake of their children, and the next generation. This book will encourage and equip you with ideas on how to become the father you long to be.

    As a father, are you beat up? Are you discouraged because there seems to be more yelling than laughter in your home? Are you tempted to just become more withdrawn from your family and just hope above that everything will turn out ok and then you can come back in to your childrens lives? Or are you going through a great stretch in your life right now where everything is just peachy? No matter where you are at in your journey of fatherhood, this book is worth your time. I can honestly say I have been challenged to be a better father through this book and it has given me renewed energy to actually strive to be the best father I can be. If you know of a man in your life who is just getting beat up as a father and is discouraged, get him a copy of this book. It will help.

    Disclaimer: In accordance with FTC regulations, I received this book from Revell Books in return for a review of the book.
  2. Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    All Men Need These Tools To Impact Their Children
    November 1, 2015
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
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    Rick Johnson in his new book, 10 Things Great Dads Do published by Revell gives us Strategies for Raising Great Kids.

    From the Back Cover: Great dads raise happier, healthier, more successful kids

    But how do men go about being that great dad? Fathering expert Rick Johnson offers ten practical strategies to help men become the dads they want to be, including

    helping their kids find the humor in life

    surrounding their family with healthy friends and role models

    communicating clearly with their children

    helping their kids develop self-esteem and respect for others

    being a gatekeeper when it comes to their kids social circle

    setting reachable goals for themselves and their children

    and more

    This book looks at some of the unique characteristics or uncommon qualities that highly effective fathers possess. These behaviors turn average dads into great dads. Rick Johnson has done some research and has come up ten things that great dads do. I am not a father so I really have no intimate experience here however I did have a father and he did a lot of what is presented here and I think I turned out okay. Any man can be a father it takes a lot of work to be a great dad and it begins when they are babies. If you try to start when they are older you have already lost a great deal of ground. Mr. Johnson tells us that As a father you have been given the power to impact not only the lives of your own children but other children as well. I think that all men should have this book would be a great gift for male friends and family.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell. 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. Oregon
    Gender: Male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Down-to-Earth Guidance for Any Dad
    October 23, 2015
    Brian--WriterEditor
    Oregon
    Gender: Male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Rick Johnson has made another enjoyable, practical contribution for parentsthis time, for dads in particular. As always, he comes across as a genuine, often humorous, salt-of-the-earth guy who is figuring things out as he goes, just like the rest of us. In keeping with the strategic mission of Johnsons nonprofit, Better Dads, this book aims to motivate and equip fathers to invest wisely, lovingly, and lastingly in their children. While "10 Things" overlaps some with Johnsons previous books on fathering, it still does a good job of filling in some substantial gaps left unfilled by the other books, and it serves as a good starting point for those unacquainted this popular author. I was particularly uplifted by the couple of chapters that focused on his encouragement to fathers to focus on their own personal and growth needsfor example, need for friends, need for spiritualityin order to be better dads for their children. And I was riveted by Johnsons rip-the-scab-off-honest discussion of his own recent, years-long struggle with God.

    Some have criticized Johnson as too religious, so those with kneejerk sensitivity to anything spiritual might not welcome his approach. I happen to perceive him as having more of a give-it-a-try approach, not a take-this-or-else approach, to religion. Others accuse Johnson of being patriarchal or chauvinistic, but honestly, I hear in his more challenging statements the kindness of an authoritative father, not the tyranny of an authoritarian monster. And its hard to argue with his time-tested traditional assumptions, especially in light of the way that kids are going as a result of all the progressive approaches to parenting today.

    If youre a dad with great male role models in your life and a pretty solid grasp on what it means to be a dad, you might still take away a few helpful morsels from this book. (I did, and Im almost finished raising my brood of four.) But especially if youre a dad without any good male examples to follow, who wants to parent your kids well but doesnt know how, you could do a lot worse than listening to Johnsons stories and gleaning from his experience.

    I received a free copy of this book, but was under no obligation to provide this review. I've reviewed the book because I value its content, and my opinions are completely honest.
  4. TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great advice
    October 21, 2015
    tmurrell
    TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Great dads generally have great kids. The questions comes when a dad wants to know how to be great. The author has pulled from his experience and research to give ten great tips for dads to implement that will help them raise great kids. Each chapter talks about one strategy and gives stories, illustrations, pointers, and tips on the topic. The author writes the book from a faith base and incorporates it throughout the book.

    While imparting quite a bit of information, the book was still enjoyable to read and entertaining with all of the stories and illustrations. I liked the presentation and layout of the tips and extra facts in each chapter. Even though I'm a mom, I can attest to the truth of a lot of the information he gave. While my husband is already a great dad, I'll be passing this on to him to read next. This book is a wonderful asset to any family.

    I received this book free of charge from Revell Reads in exchange for my honest review.
  5. 2 Stars Out Of 5
    Good intentions, but behavior modification at best.
    October 1, 2015
    Alison
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
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    10 Things Great Dads Do: Strategies for Raising Great Kids

    Rick Johnson

    For many years, my dad would tuck me in and bring with him a game. We had months of backgammon, followed by months of Uno, and I think Rummy had its day as well. I felt so loved as we got to enjoy something as mundane and simple as a card game for a few minutes before bed. The tradition faded as years and schedules grew, but when I think of my growing up years with my dad, bedtime games always have a special place in my heart.

    When I picked up 10 Things Great Dads Do, I knew that I wasnt the intended audience. I recognize that Rick isnt speaking directly to me, but I wasnt put off by that. Ive been fathered by a good man and am married to a father, another good man. I was curious about what Rick had to offer about parenting, in this specific way, even if I might not be able to directly apply everything he said.

    I think this book has the best of intentions. I felt the heart behind what this father and grandfather says, starting in his introduction. He talks about how hard being a father is, but how he sees so many men not knowing how to practically begin. Rick seems to say that the work is hard, but knowing what to do doesnt need to be. [These] are tools you can use to help you become the kind of father you want to be and the kind of father your children deserve. (16)

    This book offers much in the way of practical application for behaviors and practices of good fathers. Rick breaks down each of his chapters into easy-to-understand action steps. On the chapter about communicating with your children, Rick has sections on body language, written notes, the value of words, how to listen, interpersonal skills and the impact of an apology. I appreciated the practical tools he gives the reader for how to do the things hes talking.

    This book was a little hard for me, and Ive been wrestling for a few days with why that is. Ill admit that it could be because Im not a man and therefore, not the intended audience. But I think it was more than that. There were only a few things that Rick said outright that I disagreed with, and they were not his major points. I certainly appreciated his call to intentionality and recognition of the important role fathers play, not only in their own family but the community as well.

    This book was difficult for me not because of the what or how of fathering, but the why of fathering. I didnt have a problem with what is listed as practical application for a change in parenting, but what the motivation is for such a change.

    Fathering may be difficult, but its also the most rewarding thing you will ever do. (15)

    Rick addresses the deep satisfaction that comes from being a good dad and the benefit for children, but Im not convinced, as Rick seems to be, that this is motivation enough for change. The impression I got from this book was that most men are not great dads because they simply do not know how to do things better. I certainly agree that this may be part of it, but I dont think it can account for the whole. This book felt like an attempt to reach more than just a Christian father, but any father who wants to do better. But in doing so, I felt left with a book that felt watered down, leaving the reader with a wide spread of ideas without depth behind them.

    I think the only thing that can motivate long-term, heart-deep change is being loved and known by our Heavenly Father. Real change only happens out of deep conviction and our hearts changing, not simply behavior modification. Only out of that love can we hope to impact or love or educate anyone in a way that is helpful, and not haphazard. I love how the Message translation sums up what it means to live out love:

    God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that were free of worry on Judgment Dayour standing in the world is identical with Christs. There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful lifefear of death, fear of judgmentis one not yet fully formed in love. We, though, are going to lovelove and be loved. First we were loved, now we love. He loved us first. (1 John 4:17-19)

    Rick does have a chapter on his own spirituality, and the impact his own walk with the Lord had on his ability to parent well. He had a vulnerability in this chapter that I didnt find in the rest of the book. I honestly think that was my favorite part of all his writing, as he shared about his own doubt, anger and struggles with the Lord at different points in his life. However, his relationship with the Lord doesnt seem to be reflected in the other chapters the same way. It leaves his other chapters feeling like empty generalities, despite his attempts to provide examples and practical application, and even talk about his own struggles and failings.

    In the September 23rd entry in My Utmost for His Highest, it says this:

    In our natural life our ambitions change as we grow, but in the Christian life the goal is given at the very beginning, and the beginning and the end are exactly the same, namely, our Lord Himself. We start with Christ and we end with Him till we all cometo the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ (Ephesians 4:13), not simply to our own idea of what the Christian life should be. The goal of the missionary is to do Gods will, not to be useful or to win the lost. A missionary is useful and he does win the lost, but that is not his goal. His goal is to do the will of his Lord.

    I think that just in the same way, the goal of the father is to do the will of the Lord, not to be a good dad or teach character. I think a father does end up being a good dad and teaching character, but not because that is his goal. His goal is to follow Jesus, and the other things are merely byproducts of what it looks like to love like Jesus does.

    This isnt the venue to go into a long theological discussion of the ways God manifests his presence in the world and in the lives of human beings, but it is to say that most men question Gods existence and struggle with the concept of having faith in something they have no control over. (108)

    I disagree with Rick and think that this book could have been the place to include the ways God manifests his presence to people, since Im convinced that is where we get the courage to live (including what it takes to father) well. I think what felt most disappointing about this book to me was knowing that the author is a Christian. I had higher expectations for the author to share of a more integrated faith into the mess of life. I hoped that he would discuss how it is faith that brings application to the everyday of life of which fathering is part of. Instead, this mans Christian faith felt like a category of fathering, instead of the sum total of it. I felt as though this book made the claim that father is the main identity of a man, that Christian can fit under, but doesnt necessarily have to.

    Like I previously said, Im convinced that the intentions behind this book were good and meant to help. But I was disappointed to not see a relationship with Jesus driving the practical application of fathering. I think the intentionality and application could be helpful, but without the proper motivation of being first loved by Jesus, I think this book may be little more than behavior modification.

    *Revell Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255
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