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.
|Publish Date:||Feb 2013|
|Number of Pages:||292|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||1.0|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||6.25 x 9.25 x 1.0|
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 receiving 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.
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
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