Summary of The Long-Distance Dad

How You Can Be There for Your Child – Whether Divorced, Deployed, or on the Road

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The Long-Distance Dad book summary
You can be a good father – no matter how far away you are.


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Steven Ashley takes the high road in this primer on the proper behavior for fathers separated from their children. Instead of coming across as bitter and vindictive, he is reasonable. He stresses the importance of communication, pointing out that children are ultimately the victims when mom and dad lock horns. Ashley’s long-distance dads include deployed military men and businessmen on the road for extended periods. But clearly his target audience is divorced and separated men dealing with complicated emotional issues. Even the most bitter and battle-scarred divorcé will probably agree with Ashley’s bottom-line philosophy: Do right by your kids no matter what. getAbstract recommends this book to long-distance dads who sometimes find that challenging.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why a father’s presence is important in a child’s life
  • How to overcome obstacles that prevent you from being a good father
  • How your relationship with your ex-wife affects your child’s mental and emotional health


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About the Author

Steven Ashley is the founder of the Divorced Fathers Network. He self-published Fathers Are Forever: A Co-Parenting Guide for the 21st Century. Philip S. Hall is a psychologist and author of Educating Oppositional and Defiant Children and Parenting Your Defiant Child.

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