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I was hoping for more. The book itself is entertaining but Im skeptical on how much useful information there is on parenting. For instance, the son doesn't want to do his homework so navy seal dad smashes his skateboard and throws the ps4 into the pool and makes the son jump in to get it... a little extreme. The book is more seal stories than parenting advice.
Well, it is enlightening re Seals and human interactions but DO NOT BUY IT FOE PARENTING ADVICE. Only parenting direction given really is to stay stronger (tie feet together while swimming type ideas) than kids so they will respect you.
Some good information, however I didn't like the format. As the father of a SEAL officer this book seemed a bit like a self analysis rather than information of substance. Bonding with your children doing outdoor activities is a natural for most of the fathers that I know and associate with.
It is ok in general. Not really a thrilling read. Good stories from the carrier. Mapped into the civil life. There are still a couple of good ideas to use. In general it is worth having a look, mainly while looking for some inspiration.
What I do find lacking is concrete suggestions on how to get from where I am today into that type of parent he suggests. Yes, he has some great points but doesn't really give a map on how to get there. I would have rated this book higher if that type of info was included to help those parents who really do want to change.
I am a single mom of 2 girls. I find this book still had applicability to my situation. Would I raise my kids in the way he suggests? No. But am I going to push them more into doing different things with me to learn self-confidence and knowledge about their limits? Yes.
There is a statement that says, "Methods are many principles are few, methods may change principles never do." Eric Davis lays out some of those great principles for parenting and illustrates them well with illustration and stories.
A real challenge is to read the book with all of its vulgarity and relate that to raising children for proper behavior. Integrity means there is no disconnect between who we are, what we do, and what we expect of our children. I would hate to think that the author speaks to his wife and children as he does when he's around "the guys". "More is caught than taught" and children will see the disparity in what we say is proper and acceptable and how we then act and speak. Or talking about being drunk at times and then trying to teach his kids about self-control in regard to substance use/abuse.
The author has some great insight into raising kids with a mindset of persistence, hard work and personal responsibility.
I found the explicit language in this book unnecessary and didn't want to continue reading because of it. I suppose it's part of military "culture," but I'm not interested in raising men that ever use the kind of speech I read in the first few chapters.