As fathers of daughters, we have always held the role of Daddy. We were the Protector – the one she ran to when she scraped her knee, was scared of the monster under her bed, or when things just didn’t go her way.
But now she’s getting married and our role as Daddy the Protector needs to change. There’s a new Protector in town – her new husband – and we need to learn to adapt and love our new role.
Robert Wolgemuth provides words of wisdom and guidance to help fathers (and mothers) navigate in these unfamiliar waters.
His advice is both practical and useful. The reading was easy and enjoyable. The story comes alive through real-life examples of how he and others have dealt with similar issues.
The only problem that I see is, based upon the title, how many women readers may have been lost. This would be unfortunate if it is the case as the advice is applicable not just to fathers but to any person who is dealing with a family member who is either married or getting married.
Some of the issues discussed include how to: not interfere with your child’s relationship with their spouse, give the couple room to have their own marriage, let go of your daughter and the need to feel you have to protect her as if she were still a child, develop a relationship with you new son-in-law, and remake yourself and your role as a father now that there is a new, “most-important” man in her life.
I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.