The Secrets of Happy Families

The Secrets of Happy Families

Improve your Mornings, Rethink Family Dinner, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More

Book - 2013
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Don't worry about family dinner. Let your kids pick their punishments. Ditch the sex talk. Cancel date night.

These are just a few of the surprising innovations in this bold first-of-its-kind playbook for today's families. Bestselling author and New York Times family columnist Bruce Feiler found himself squeezed between caring for aging parents and raising his children. So he set out on a three-year journey to find the smartest solutions and the most cutting-edge research about families. Instead of the usual family "experts," he sought out the most creative minds--from Silicon Valley to the set of Modern Family, from the country's top negotiators to the Green Berets--and asked them what team-building exercises and problem-solving techniques they use with their families. Feiler then tested these ideas with his wife and kids. The result is a fun, original look at how families can draw closer together, complete with two hundred never-before-seen best practices.

Feiler's life-changing discoveries include a radical plan to reshape your family in twenty minutes a week, Warren Buffett's guide for setting an allowance, and the Harvard handbook for resolving conflict. The Secrets of Happy Families is a timely, counterintuitive book that answers the questions countless parents are asking: How do we manage the chaos of our lives? How do we teach our kids values? How do we make our family happier?

Written in a charming, accessible style, The Secrets of Happy Families is smart, funny, and fresh, and will forever change how your family lives every day.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780061778735
Characteristics: x, 292 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

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ckahler
Jul 26, 2014

Great tips for family fun.

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thomd
Jul 11, 2013

A collection of different methods of family cohesiveness, a lot of these boil down to communication. Some interesting things to try here, from regular Agile meetings to checklists, and some which seem over-the-top (mission statements and massive family reunion competitions). Could be useful as a conversation-starter; the sections that resonate with you are likely different than with me. (Jul 1-10)

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