#1 Trump's Secret Weapon: Ivanka by conservgramma 05.05.2016 09:25

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Call him unpredictable, a brilliant businessman, rude, refreshingly bold, or egregious, but there is one thing we should call Donald Trump: a good father. And this counts for a lot.

After hearing Ivanka talk about her father in multiple interviews, there is no question that this young woman respects and feels very close to her father.

She credits him with much of her professional success, which is quite impressive. During an interview at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women conference, Ivanka praised her father for being a good listener and leader. She said that she is the highest female executive at his business and that her professional success proves that her dad champions women.

She has a point. As a pediatrician of thirty years, I’ve studied fathers and their relationships with their children—especially their daughters. And from what Ivanka displays, it appears her father did a lot of things right.

Here’s what we know about fathers. Toddlers who have engaged fathers are better at solving puzzles. Children with fathers at home are more likely to succeed in school, are less likely to get into trouble, and endure depression or anxiety, and are more likely to have higher self-esteem. And that’s just the beginning.

Much of a girl’s sense of value comes from her father, and we know that the best way to elevate a girl’s self-esteem is to have her father show her more affection. Forget piano lessons, an ice-hockey trainer or personal soccer coach. These make her feel that she can perform well, but they don’t insure that her self-esteem will go up. Affection from her father does.

The hallmarks of good fathers are warmth, availability, concern with a child’s character, patience, and commitment to their children. In an interview with Daily Mail, Ivanka stated that her father was always available to her and described him as warm.

She remembers feeling that she and her siblings were the most important things in her father’s life. She played in conference rooms while he held meetings and sometimes interrupted them to attend to his children. When she was six years old, he told her about a real-estate transaction he was finishing and that he couldn’t wait until she grew up and joined him in his work.



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Others claim that the bigger problems children face are related to drugs and gang violence. The answer? Send more police to inner cities to stop it. Clamp down on drug dealers. Many mothers in the African American communities are overwrought. They work multiple jobs to care for their children, and still many find their sons lured into brotherhood by gangs. Of course, other ethnic groups similarly struggle, but the truth is a sobering 70 percent of African American children grow up without a father in the home.

We can create programs, change school systems, and find more money to help those in need, but if we stick to these changes alone, we miss the bigger picture. The answer to many of our children’s problems is men.

Good fathers who care for their children. If every father were encouraged to engage his children and stay committed to them, we would live in an entirely different country. Our schools would be safer. Gangs would disintegrate because the older men in the communities would stand up to them. Our neighborhoods would be less violent, and children could actually pay attention in school because they wouldn’t be worried about home. Our jails would empty, and far fewer kids would turn to drugs or gangs to have their needs met.

Why is it that in a country educating the brightest men and women on earth, we completely overlook our most valuable assets—fathers? Call him what you will, but as far as I see it, Donald Trump may well lead the way in this regard.



I found this to be a very insightful article well beyond the scope of mere politics or Donald J. Trump. This article talks about the importance of fathers in our society and does it very well IMO.

#2 RE: Trump's Secret Weapon: Ivanka by algernonpj 05.05.2016 11:04

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@conservgramma

Thanks for the post.

BY addressing the importance of fathers, this article indirectly refutes the P.C. denigration of masculinity and the importance of family The nanny state is no substitute for absent fathers.

On a related note, those I know who support Trump are impressed with how well his children turned out. While good parenting does not absolutely guarantee good outcome it definitely increases its likelihood. To paraphrase what I heard growing up:Trump's children are a credit to their parents.

#3 RE: Trump's Secret Weapon: Ivanka by conservgramma 05.05.2016 11:17

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Quote: algernonpj wrote in post #2
@conservgramma

Thanks for the post.

BY addressing the importance of fathers, this article indirectly refutes the P.C. denigration of masculinity and the importance of family The nanny state is no substitute for absent fathers.

On a related note, those I know who support Trump are impressed with how well his children turned out. While good parenting does not absolutely guarantee good outcome it definitely increases its likelihood. To paraphrase what I heard growing up:Trump's children are a credit to their parents.


You're welcome. I am also impressed with the children. You have to remember these kids are the children of a billionaire. Not too many rich kids turn out like these did, so Trump apparently did do something right. We can't discount Ivana and her influence, but they are indeed a credit to Trump at least in his skills of parenting.

#4 RE: Trump's Secret Weapon: Ivanka by Cincinnatus 05.05.2016 14:36

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Very nice article, Conservgramma, but I am not quite sure how to interpret this: She said that she is the highest female executive at his business

#5 RE: Trump's Secret Weapon: Ivanka by truthkeeper 05.05.2016 23:38

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I've read a few times that Trump gives much credit to their mother, Ivana. It's said that once they were teenagers she said to him, "Your turn."

Great mother, great father, great children. How refreshing.

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