The Power of Dadhood encourages men to father with the knowledge that they are vitally important to the futures of their children. National speaker Michael Byron Smith discusses the implications of a fatherless home, the challenges of parenting, and the hierarchy of fathers. There are absent fathers, present yet uninvolved fathers, authoritative fathers, loving fathers, teaching fathers, and many more. Any man, through The Power of Dadhood, can assess himself, see where he stands, and make choices to become a real Dad and find the power of Dadhood!
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About the Author
Michael Byron Smith graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis in 1972 and is now a retired military officer and civilian engineer. He has been married 39 years and has three children and three grandchildren. He lives in Ballwin, Missouri, and loves being a father and grandfather.
Table of ContentsForeword by: Sally Gafford, Ph.D
About This Book
The Implications of Fatherhood
1. The Power of Fatherhood
2. The Absent Father
3. To Be or Not to Be
4. Social Implications
The Challenges of Fatherhood
5. The Challenges of Being a Kid
6. The Challenges of Fathering
7. The Challenges of the Family
The Pyramid of Dadhood
8. Be There
9. Fathering with Love
10. Building Strong Children
The Pinnacle of the Pyramid
11. Nurturing Sons and Daughters
12. Money versus Success
13. The Rewards
The Seven Characteristics of a Successful Dad
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"The Power of Dadhood" was a pleasant surprise! So many books and articles have been written reflecting the importance of the mother/ child relationship so I was so pleased to find one that focuses on the importance of Dads! This will definitely be a gift for my husband and any dads to be. It is easy to follow and full of everyday antidotes that make it relate-able and hit close to home. Michael Smith does an excellent job reflecting on the impact a father can have on his child's lives!
This beautifully written book about fatherhood is offered as a mentoring guide to any father who is looking to be the best “Dad” he can be to his children. Michael Byron Smith is the “Dad” of three adult children whose father was often absent during his own childhood and those of his five siblings, and he relates from personal experience the impact this has had on their lives, the lives of their children, and their children’s children. Michael loved his father, despite the often despicable things he did when he was present, and he emphasizes the tremendous impact a father has on a child’s well-being even though our current society seems to struggle to recognize it. His supporting evidence reveals that in 2011 over 40% of children were born to unwed mothers and that statistically within five years almost all the biological fathers of these children will have disappeared from their lives. Though not claiming to be an “expert” Michael shares what he has learned works in this handbook full of practical advice. Written with the intent of providing a prevention guide to minimize potential future problems it starts with a list titled “What Every Dad Should Teach His Children”, which begins with – • The joy of being involved in life • The ability to generate happiness from within And ends with – • The recognition that they alone choose how to react to any given situation • The talent to choose well. The comprehensive topics range from the importance of a father’s presence in the early years of a child’s life to how to educate your child to manage money. Scattered throughout the book are “Dad Tips” that summarize and highlight key concepts. The book ends with an appendix in which Michael uses his years of military experience to create a “Self-Inspection Checklist”. This list of questions, not intended to judge, provide a vehicle for a father in reflecting on his relationship with his children. A great gift for any new father, or anyone interested in giving a child an optimum start to become a stable, self-reliant adult.
I liked the fact that this was written by a regular guy who has spent a lot of time reflecting on his own life and relationship with his father. When someone grows up with an absent or hurtful father it seems like it's very possible to repeat the cycle, but this book was written for guys who are determined to do a better job. It's the kind of book that you can go back to time and again when you need a reminder and perspective.
A Must Read !!! I am a Mother and a Grandmother. This book caught my attention and wanting to gift it, I thought I would read it first. Having done so I have learned from it and know that in the right hands it could change a life! It is a Guide and Great Reference to be turned to over and over. Chapter 10 "Building Strong Children", The "Dad Tips" and "Appendix B" will point all those seeking help and/or affirmation in the right direction. Share it with everyone you can . . . Help them to become the Father 'their' Child Needs.
The concept of "Dadhood" versus fatherhood is so interesting, and this book is very motivational. I'm actually a mom, not a dad, but I was able to apply the message to the way I parent as well ("Momhood vs. Motherhood?). It goes beyond the mechanics of fatherhood (how to change a diaper) and focuses on the essential questions of "How do you want to influence the character, self-concept and livelihood and daily experience of your children? How do you want them to remember you/their childhood? What kind of role model do you want to be for their own world view and/or parenting style?" It also celebrates the rewards that come from close, involved relationships with your children. The author does a good job, in the later chapters of the book especially, of describing fundamental concepts through interesting metaphors. (For example, he describes how you can help to mold your children when they are young the way an artisan can mold soft clay- appreciating the individual characteristics they are born with, of course. "Their beauty is exhibited by the way their carry themselves and the joy they bring to others." The older they get, the more the "clay" begins to set, meaning that you will have less influence as they cure into their own shape. This is just one example of the perspective and imagery presented by Smith.) I also appreciated the easy to digest format. This book is easy to flip through; it's not a long slog. The "Dad Tips" throughout are helpful summaries that capture the essence of each chapter and the "Road Maps" at the end of each chapter provide good fodder for self-reflection. This book would be a great Father's Day gift or gift for a new father.
This is an important book for dads, especially young dads who need some help figuring the whole dad thing out. It's a motivating book about the crucial importance of being a good dad. It's worth reading.