A Dad’s Fun Guide to Raising Happy Daughters

John Griffith
John Griffith, LLC (2017)
ISBN 9780692899311
Reviewed by Carol Hoyer for Reader Views (10/18)

Being a parent isn’t easy, and as a single male parent, it may be more challenging in a variety of ways. One doesn’t have to nag, be overly protective or boring to get some life lessons embedded into your child’s brain. Author John Griffith provides some unique, funny ways to get his profound love and words of wisdom across to his three daughters in “A Dad’s Fun Guide to Raising Happy Daughters.”

I liked that the author stated right up front “It is not about being perfect. It is about love.” I wish more dads would take guidance from this read, become more involved in their daughter’s lives and support them in any way they can.

Throughout the four parts of the book, Griffith provides numerous examples of his particular parenting style and his hope to treat each child differently based on personality, temperament and interests. It is on this basis I feel that every father whether biological or not would gain wisdom from reading this book.

The topic on naysayers and learning that you can do what you want regardless of obstacles encountered are powerful. Yes, you have to put some work into it, but in the end, it all comes down to what you want and how to get there. I notice so many kids today are so “hooked” on technology they don’t know how to set goals, talk face to face with a person or problem solve.

The subject of staying true to yourself and your passion is a very important one, and the author relates that your life is what you want it to be not what others want.

I found the information to be illuminating, but at the same time there was a lot of information to weed through at times and it distracted my reading. My suggestion is to read it in small parts, think about it and then proceed to new information.

Overall, I think the topics and activities to do with your child were good. The author has a great sense of humor along with a unique parenting style. I would recommend “A Dad’s Fun Guide to Raising Happy Daughters” by John Griffith for all parents, but specifically for dads.