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Title:
The secrets of happy families : improve your mornings, rethink family dinner, fight smarter, go out and play, and much more
Author:
Feiler, Bruce S.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : William Morrow, [2013]

©2013
Physical Description:
x, 292 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary:
An informative and compelling guide for families to enrich their home life in our age of distraction. Like millions of parents, bestselling author and New York Times family columnist Bruce Feiler felt squeezed between the needs of aging parents and rapidly growing children. Over three years, he traveled across the United States, seeking out the smartest people and the most effective families to assemble a collection of best practices for families today.
Language:
English
Contents:
Why we need new thinking for families -- Adapt all the time -- Talk. A lot -- Go out and play -- All happy families.
ISBN:
9780061778735
Format :
Book

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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.


Author Notes

Bruce Feiler (born October 25, 1964) is a writer on social issues and, particularly more recently, on religion. Feiler is a native of Savannah, Georgia, and now lives in New York City with his wife and children. His wife sometimes appears as a traveling companion in his books.

Feiler completed his undergraduate degree at Yale University. His latest book, The Council of Dads: My Daughters, My Illness, and the Men Who Could Be Me, describes how after recieving a diagnosis of cancer, he asked six men from all phases of his life to be present through the phases of his young daughters¿ lives. (Bowker Author Biography)


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Library Journal Review

Best-selling author and New York Times columnist Feiler (The Council of Dads; America's Prophet) here sets out to find the best practices for managing the modern family. Feiler consults unconventional resources ranging from savvy business experts to the Green Berets. The result is a smart, funny, and sometimes corny set of strategies that can be used as guidelines for contemporary families. The author reads at a pace that allows the listener to comprehend fully the message while remaining engaged. VERDICT Recommended for individuals interested in personal and/or family development.-Saori Wendy Herman, Southern California Coll. of Optometry Lib., Fullerton (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.