Thursday, February 13, 2014

Book Review: The Secrets of Happy Families by Bruce Feiler

About the book: The book that revolutionized our view of what makes families happy . . .

Determined to find the smartest solutions and the most cutting-edge research about families, bestselling author and New York Times family columnist Bruce Feiler gathered team-building exercises and problem-solving techniques from the most creative minds---from Silicon Valley to the Green Berets---and tested these ideas with his wife and kids. The result is a lively, original look at how we can create stronger parent/child relationships, manage the chaos of our lives, teach our kids values and grit, and have more fun together.

The Secrets of Happy Families includes more than two hundred unique practices that will help your family draw closer and make everyone in your home happier. It has already changed the lives of millions of families, and it can do the same for yours.

Purchase a copy and download the Happy Families Toolkit:

Meet the Author: Bruce Feiler writes a column in contemporary families for the New York Times and is the author of six consecutive New York Times bestsellers, including The Council of Dads. He is the host of several series on PBS, a popular lecturer, and a frequent commentator on radio and television. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and twin daughters.

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My Review:
Have you ever wished to be a fly on the wall of some seemingly happy families to learn their secrets? Well, this book helps you come close to that :). The author was curious about what happy families do right. He did extensive research and interviewed bunches of experts in various fields. He covers the topics of discipline, dinner, sex, fighting, money, vacation, negotiation, and more. The author shares what he has discovered as important ingredients that make families happy and function successfully/effectively. He has tried them out in his own family with his wife and two daughters. He concludes that adaptability, talks/storytelling, and shared fun time consistently play important roles in keeping families happy. At the back of the book, the author includes The Happy Families Toolkit and Discussion Guide. This book is a self-help book filled with interesting and innovative ideas. It offers practical solutions and tips that are helpful in family relationship (spouse, parents, children, siblings, grandparents, and in-laws). Not all of them will work for every family since each family is unique. Nevertheless, you can glean from the book and test what works and what doesn't for your family.
Note: This is not a Christian book or faith-based book.

"In a survey of a thousand families, Ellen Galinsky, the head of the Families and Work Institute and the author of Mind in the Making, asked children, 'If you were granted one wish about your parents, what would it be?' Most parents predicted their kids would say spending more time with them. They were wrong. The kids' number one wish was that their parents were less tired and less stressed." (p. 16)

"What generates the sense of attachment and emotional toughness is the process of hearing all those old stories and seeing yourself in the larger flow of your family. In other words, what we think of as family dinner is not really about the dinner. It's about the family." (p. 42)

"If you're making a complex decision, the more women you have in the conversation, the easier time you'll likely have in reaching a final decision that makes everyone happy." (p. 124)

~I received a free copy of this book via Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. To read more reviews of this book, visit here.
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In The Secrets of Happy Families, New York Times bestselling author Bruce Feiler has drawn up a blueprint for modern families — a new approach to family dynamics, inspired by cutting-edge techniques gathered from experts in the disciplines of science, business, sports, and the military. 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.

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