The concept of Daddy Dates intrigued me: a father of four girls who out of a deep desire to be a good dad to them, starts ‘dating’ them. Greg Wright is a dad who was blessed with four girls. When they got a bit older, he realized how difficult it was to relate to them. He realized that he had to do something to really get to know them, to be able to make a difference for them and that’s when he came up with the idea of dating them.
The concept is simple: he takes each of his four daughters regularly out for a date. During that time, she’s completely at the center so he picks something that she likes and she gets to talk…a lot. It sounds incredibly simple, but I wonder how many dads could pull this off. To really make the time to invest in their girls this way, to be so intentional on getting to know them.
In the book, Wright is both honest and funny, a great combination. He’s practical without being too much of a ‘teacher’ and he shares what he has learned in his journey with his girls. His insights into the female brain are hilarious and enlightening at the same time. It shows how well he knows his girls and I applaud him for it.
It’s an easy, entertaining read that inspires at the same time. The love this dad has for his girls is truly touching. The practical advice is somewhat dispersed throughout the book. That doesn’t make it a perfect how-to book for dads who want the quick run down on how to do this. It requires a bit more time and energy than that and I happen to think that’s a good think.
It’s a great book for dads of girls, but also for youth leaders looking for some inspiration, fresh ideas and advice to give to parents. For those of you looking for a more practical how-to or just a whole bunch of ideas for daddy-daughter dates, 88 Great Daddy-Daughter Dates might be a nice addition to this book.
That being said, personally I’m not a fan of using the word ‘dating’ in this sense. It sends the wrong message to both a relationshio between father and daughter, and to what happens on a ‘real date’. I won;t make a fuss out of it as I completely understand what the author means, but I’d prefer to use a different words.
p.s. I received this book as part of the Booksneeze program in exchange for an honest review.