“All Pro Dad” by Mark Merrill focuses on seven key influencers that each man can take to influence and win the hearts of his family. These include:
1. Know your makeup (who am I)
2. Know your mind-set (purpose)
3. Know your motive (why?)
4. Know your method ( How can I do better)
5. Know you’re a model (What am I promoting)
6. Know your message (what do I need to share)
7. Know your master (who has control)
These 7 points will help any man become more effective and more focused on what it means to lead and guide his family. “All Pro Dad” is not about perfection; it is about leaving a generational impact.
One big thing that settled well with me from this book was that Mark does not make it seem like the solution of being an awesome dad is simple, also he doesn’t make it out to be rocket science. He points out that being an “All Pro Dad” does take work and investment.
Mark’s book is not a discipline book, it’s not a “follow this script” book either, but it is a coaching type of book. It reminds readers that we likely spend a lot of time on things we would not call priorities, while not taking the time to plan how we will be effective parents. It calls us out on being specific and choosing our actions, not just letting things happen in our family, and then it helps us form a plan and focus on what is important.
My favorite part of the book comes at the end of each chapter, the huddle up section. These are questions that a dad reading this book should ask his child(ren). A lot of these questions call for humility and vulnerability, which sometimes can be challenging for parents when interacting with their kids. Sometimes we feel like we have to have all the answers and discussing these questions would make it clear that we don’t
If you want to be considered a Hero by your kids now or in the future, you must be intentional in preparing for fatherhood. All Pro Dad is a great book to aid you along in this wonderful journey we call fatherhood.
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