#SharedSecrets: Episode 24

The Secret to Raising Strong, Confident Daughters with Tom Brokaw


With Father’s Day around the corner, I wanted to hear from a man who had raised strong daughters who could share the secret to helping girls develop into confident women. Who better to turn to than my own father, Tom Brokaw, who raised three confident daughters, and who graciously agreed to be on the receiving end of an interview for this episode of the podcast?

In the episode, my dad shares his approach to fatherhood and tells me the skill that served him best as a parent. He talks about the most important quality a confident woman can possess and explains how he worked to instill that quality in the three of us. He confesses the parenting moments that proved a struggle for him—beginning with having three daughters developing breasts and menstruating—and our moments of boldness and strength that made him most proud.

My dad also explains why he still believes this is “the century of the woman.” And he leaves fathers with a few pieces of advice on the No. 1 skill every father should have in his quiver, and what to say when your daughter comes home with a new haircut.

More about Tom:
Tom Brokaw is a television journalist and author who served as the anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News from 1982 to 2004. He wrote the best-selling book, "The Greatest Generation," among other titles. He has won every major award given in broadcast journalism, including a Peabody Award, two duPonts, and several Emmys. He is also father to Jennifer, Andrea and Sarah.