5 Favorite Books for Fathers

Parenting books make a great gift for Father’s Day. They are inexpensive and meaningful gifts. These are my favorite, inspiring books written for fathers about raising children.

1. Be Prepared by Gary Greenbook and Jeannie Hayden

Be Prepared is a fun and indispensable survival manual for men entering the trenches of fatherhood. Be Prepared is loaded with one-of-a-kind insights, MacGyver-esque tips and tricks, and no-nonsense advice for mastering the first year as a dad.

Packed with helpful diagrams and detailed instructions, and delivered with a wry sense of humor, Be Prepared is the ultimate guide for sleep-deprived, applesauce-covered fathers everywhere. Be Prepared teaches men all the things they really need to know about fatherhood.

2. Dad’s Playbook by Tim Limbert

Dad’s Playbook contains a collection of more than 100 inspiring quotes from the greatest coaches of all time. Dad’s Playbook shows fathers to be the best leaders, role models, and life coaches. After all, dads do what the best coaches do — they motivate, mentor, discipline, and love. Author and parenting expert Tom Limbert takes wisdom from John Madden, Vince Lombardi, Tommy Lasorda, Phil Jackson, and many more, and applies it to fatherhood.

3. Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know by Meg Meeker

In today’s increasingly complicated world, it’s often difficult for parents to connect with their daughters –- and especially so for fathers. In this unique and invaluable guide, Dr. Meg Meeker, a pediatrician with more than twenty years experience counseling girls, reveals that a young woman’s relationship with her father is far more important than we’ve ever realized. To become a strong, confident woman, a daughter needs her father’s attention, protection, courage, and wisdom.

Dr. Meeker shares the ten secrets every father needs to know in order to strengthen or rebuild bonds with his daughter and shape her life – and his own – for the better.

4. Wisdom of Our Fathers: Lessons and Letters from Daughters and Sons by Tim Russert

What does it really mean to be a good father? What did your father tell you, that has stayed with you throughout your life? Was there a lesson from him, a story, or a moment that helped to make you who you are? Is there a special memory that makes you smile when you least expect it?

After the publication of Tim Russert’s number one New York Times bestseller about his father, Big Russ & Me, he received an avalanche of letters from daughters and sons who wanted to tell him about their own fathers, most of whom were not superdads or heroes but ordinary men who were remembered and cherished for some of their best moments — of advice, tenderness, strength, honor, discipline, and occasional eccentricity.

Most of these daughters and sons were eager to express the gratitude they had carried with them through the years. Others wanted to share lessons and memories and, most important, pass them down to their own children.

This book is for all fathers, young or old, who can learn from the men in these pages how to get it right, and to understand that sometimes it is the little gestures that can make the big difference for your child. For some in this book, the appreciation came later than they would have liked. But as Wisdom of Our Fathers reminds us, it is never too late to embrace it.

From the father who coached his daughter in sports (and life), attending every meet, game, performance, and tournament, to the daughter who, after a 15-year estrangement, learned to make peace with her difficult father just before he died, to the son who came, at last, to appreciate the silent way his father could show affection, Wisdom of Our Fathers shares rewarding lessons, immeasurable gifts, and lasting values.

Heartfelt, humorous, engaging, irresistibly readable, and bound to bring back memories of unforgettable moments with our own fathers, Tim Russert’s book is not only a fitting companion to his own marvelous memoir, but also a celebration of the positive qualities passed down from generation to generation.

5. The Dad’s Edge by Larry Hagner

Larry Hagner is the creator of the The Good Dad Project Podcast, featured as one of the top podcasts on iTunes. The Good Dad Project, a successful organization that is dedicated to helping Dads through various resources.

Every parent struggles with issues and the tips in this book will empower fathers with some great strategies and a solid roadmap to feel confident being a great parent.

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