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The Power of Dadhood


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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. -


"Dadhood is a journey and sometimes can feel pretty lonely, but with Smith's wonderful book, The Power of Dadhood, one has a wise and helpful companion that makes you feel you are not alone. His book is full of helpful suggestions, insightful observations, and sage advice and is easy to read and understand. This is essential reading for any soon-to-be or new father but also to any woman who wants to support a man on his fatherhood journey. For the many who do not have healthy male mentors and role models, this book serves as an indispensable guide. I highly recommend this book."
--Barry McIntosh, Founder and Executive Director of Young Fathers of Santa Fe

"Michael Smith's own father was 'mostly absent, ' which makes it even more impressive that Michael was not only a present and nurturing dad for his own kids, but also saw the role as important and fulfilling enough that he took the time to put his experiences and his wisdom into a book to benefit other fathers. If there is one thing that could save our culture and our society, it would be more present and proactive 'dadhood' by fathers throughout America!"
--Richard Eyre, New York Times #1 bestselling author of Teaching Your Children Values, The Entitlement Trap, and The Turning (and father of nine) "Michael B. Smith's book The Power of Dadhood is the perfect gift for new fathers. It is especially important for the new father who did not benefit from being raised by an involved, caring, guiding father. This book offers a vision of what can be. It's easy to read, educational, motivational, and encouraging.
Reading it is like sharing coffee with a group of mentors who will explain the importance of fatherhood and show you the way to being a good dad."
It's also great for the father who is feeling discouraged about how well he is parenting, and all of us feel that way at times. It shows that any man, if he wants to, can be a great dad.
In a culture that minimizes fatherhood, this book maximizes it. While fatherhood is an option for many men, it's not an option for society. We need fathers to be great dads. For without good fathers, we fail to solve society's problems.
This book is full of common-sense parenting advice for a culture that lacks both common sense and fathering skills. Our society yearns for what is new and innovative, but in the area of fatherhood, it needs more of what Michael Smith is offering--age-old, tried-and-true wisdom about the oldest, most important human endeavor: raising kids."
--Andy Kerckhoff, author of Critical Connection: A Practical Guide to Parenting Young Teens"Research concludes that a youth's success in life falls largely on the shoulders of his father. In fact, a child is 90 percent more likely to successfully attend college if his father is intentionally involved in his/her life, especially school life. Mike Smith understands the critical need of a father's contribution to his children's well-being and his book is a critical tool for mentoring men to shoulder that burden. If read and applied, it will almost guarantee a 'slam dunk' success for their children. Mike's heartfelt desire to encourage men to want more for their children is compelling. No man wants 'father absence' to define him. Mike's work helps us on the road to making this world the place it should be for young children."
--Laurie Wenzel, Director of Early Childhood Education, Pattonville School District, Professor of Early Childhood Education, Maryville University"The Power of Dadhood is a concise, easy-to-read book on an important and timely topic. It includes a wealth of information, ranging from the impact fathers have on their children to specific ways to become better parents. It should be required reading for all fathers."
Margaret Albrecht, Retired Parent Educator with the Parents as Teachers program, Former Curriculum Writer, Parents as Teachers National Office

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