Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters

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Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know (ISBN 978-0-345-49939-4) is a 2006 non-fiction book by Meg Meeker, MD, which provides guidance to fathers on raising their daughters. Meeker argues that "fathers, more than anyone else, set the course for a daughter's life." (p. 9). She states that daughters need attention from their fathers, and she says that daughters take guidance on many issues, such as drug use, drinking, and sex from the example set by their father (p. 25). She states that daughters need a father's role as a "hero" to help her to "navigate through a treacherous popular culture" (p. 29) that is "not healthy for girls and women" (p. 28).


Walt Mueller from the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding calls the book a "straightforward and compelling challenge reminding fathers of the powerful life-shaping role they play in their daughters’ lives." He says the book "helps fathers understand their power, know what roles to assume in their daughter’s lives, and know what and how to teach life lessons to their girls."[1]

Book reviewer Eliot Burdett states that he was "initially attracted to the book by the title, the premise and the themes of honesty, integrity, humility and courage." He states that it "definitely made [him] stop and think about the way we raise our own two girls and how we are ensuring they have the best shot at a terrific life."[2]

Columnist and author David Limbaugh calls the book "a sobering reminder of the awesome responsibilities" a father has "on his daughter's life – for good or ill – and how dangerous this world can be for girls whose fathers aren't there to protect them, guide them, and even fight for them." Limbaugh states that the book "...shows, in the face of the popular culture, that strong dads are essential for strong daughters." [3]

About the author[edit]

Dr. Meeker has 20 years of experience in pediatric and adolescent medicine. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Advisory Board of The Medical Institute. She lives in Traverse City, Michigan.[4]


  1. ^ Review - Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters. Available at: Accessed on January 5, 2013
  2. ^ Book Review: Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters. Available at: Accessed on January 5, 2013
  3. ^ Available at: Accessed on January 5, 2013
  4. ^ Available at: Accessed on January 5, 2013