Book Title: My Daughter’s Keeper by Mark Winkler
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 140 pages
Publisher: Journey Press
Release date: June, 2019
Tour dates: Nov 4 to Nov 15, 2019
Content Rating: PG + M (Rated PG+M for mature themes, but there is no bad language.)
My Daughter’s Keeper is the compelling story of a father’s journey to strive against mounting odds to be present in his daughter’s life. The story reveals the complexities of parenting as the author wrestles with his past to face self-imposed challenges in order to transition from a man given to selfish leanings to an open-hearted and dutiful father.
My Daughter’s Keeper tugs on the heartstrings of any parent who has endured the pain and challenges of co-parenting, custody disputes, or separated families. Written with accountability and compassion, this book has been crafted to challenge readers to consider the ways our circumstances, including the painful ones, set us up to develop into better versions of ourselves.
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Answer Question: In what ways can a father stay connected to their child?
I look at connection as a fluid concept. As our children grow, we can not interact with them at the age we find most comfortable. We must adjust our thoughts to coincide with their natural developmental stages. I often tell the fathers that I work with, especially fathers with daughters, that they must change the mental picture that they captured of their daughter when she was five or six – their little princess. As their daughter gets older, they must take a new picture to replace the younger picture so they, the fathers, can make the mental adjustment to properly deal with their now pre-teen or teenage daughter. Also, I encourage fathers to take time to sit with their children and with honest interest, ask them what games they are playing on their mobile phones and play with them, what music they are listening to and listen to it with them – without criticizing the music.
Additionally, we should always be available to talk with our children without ever shaming or blaming them for very human moments we all went through when we were their ages. Lastly, as much as possible, we should check in on our children’s emotional state. Children experience so much they must emotionally navigate, and they need a safe non-judgmental ear to listen to their experiences. As parents we can stay connected to our children by being that ear.
About the Author
Meet the Author:
Over the years, Winkler has continuously moved towards his goal of helping create a better world by motivating others. His passionate advocacy for families and children eventually led to the co-founding of Manhood Camp, which was established to provide life-skills programs and community engagement opportunities for young men in the Los Angeles area. Recently, Manhood Camp started working directly with fathers via its monthly support group, Fatherhood Circle. Winkler holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and has been working in the community advocacy field for more than a decade. His organization’s event, Choose Peace: A Community Celebration and Information Fair, brought together over twenty-six community organizations and received a special appearance and congratulatory speech by the Los Angeles city council president, Herb J. Wesson Jr.