The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Rethink Family Dinner, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More

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HarperCollins, Feb 19, 2013 - Family & Relationships - 304 pages
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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.

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Review: The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Rethink Family Dinner, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More

User Review  - Martianngray - Goodreads

I loved this book! Helpful, logical and fun advice. Shawn read it first and suggested that I read it. We have enjoyed incorporating some of his tips, A fun, easy read. We liked: family council letting ... Read full review

Review: The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Rethink Family Dinner, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More

User Review  - Megan Olsen - Goodreads

I started this with skepticism, because I usually find parenting books a bit patronizing, but it turned out to be a very enjoyable read. One of the things that annoys me about parenting books is when ... Read full review

About the author (2013)

Bruce Feiler writes a column on contemporary family life for the New York Timesand is the author of five consecutive New YorkTimes bestsellers, including Walking the Bibleand The Council of Dads. The host of severalPBS series, he is a frequent contributor to ABC, NBC, CBS, NPR, and othermedia. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife,Linda Rottenberg, and their twin daughters.

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