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Eric Davis

From Fathers to Sons—Life Lessons from Navy SEAL Training

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Raising Men by Eric Davis is a guide for fathers on how to raise strong, confident, and respectful sons. Drawing from his experience as a Navy SEAL and father, Davis provides actionable advice on topics such as discipline, communication, and leadership.

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    Monitor your child’s progress and make them a team player.

    Parenting and SEAL training may seem worlds apart but bear with us. Both require mental and physical endurance and a never-quit attitude. It’s all about survival at first. But in the long run, parents and SEALs want to build strong teams. And, just like in SEAL training, parenting involves teaching children to cooperate with others and take responsibility for their actions.

    The connections between SEALs and parenting run even deeper. For instance, when SEAL divers are submerged, they rely on their teammates to keep them safe. Similarly, in the early stages of parenting, parents must be their child's dive buddy. But their child picks new dive partners as they mature.

    So parents need to keep watch and ensure their child is “tethering” with good people. After all, parenting is more than just setting up playdates and watching from afar. So whether you’re coparenting or going it alone, you must be their dive instructor.

    Are you ready to take the plunge? Okay, here’s a step-by-step plan for developing a strong team player.

    First, focus on details. Pay close attention to your child's behavior and attitudes. Correct them as needed, and reward them when they make good choices.

    Second, stamp out arrogance. Teach your child the value of humility and the dangers of conceit. Help them understand that making mistakes is a normal part of growing up.

    Third, stay vigilant. Keep track of your child's activities, friends, and hobbies. Ensure they’re making sound decisions and staying safe.

    Fourth, adapt. Adjust your parenting methods to meet your child's changing needs. Give them advice and support as they navigate the complexities of their surroundings.

    Parenting can be tough, but you can make it easier. So start by building a strong and confident team.

    In the next section, we’ll cover how to lead your family like a Navy SEAL.

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    What is Raising Men about?

    Raising Men (2016) is a powerful exploration of life-changing military lessons, emphasizing the importance of boldness, accountability, and bonding. Via real-life stories from Navy SEALs, this captivating narrative will teach you how to build strong relationships with your son and raise him with discipline, leadership, and grace.

    Raising Men Review

    Raising Men (2017) explores the challenges and rewards of raising honorable, resilient boys in today's society. Here's why this book is definitely worth reading:

    • By sharing his own personal experiences and insights, Eric Davis provides practical wisdom that parents can apply to navigate the complexities of parenting.
    • With its emphasis on character development and equipping boys with the necessary skills for a successful future, the book offers a refreshing perspective on modern-day parenting.
    • Through the exploration of topics such as discipline, communication, and integrity, Raising Men is a thought-provoking read that challenges conventional beliefs and encourages personal growth.

    Who should read Raising Men?

    • Expectant fathers
    • Distant Dads
    • Military patriarchs

    About the Author

    Eric Davis is a former US Navy SEAL, decorated veteran, and author. Recognized as one of the finest sniper instructors in the US military, he founded Average Frog, a company that teaches the performance principles of Navy SEALs.

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    Raising Men empowers parents to raise confident, resilient, and respectful young men.

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    Raising Men is a valuable read for anyone seeking guidance in raising boys. It provides practical insights and actionable advice.

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