Is life at home difficult? Do you face uncooperative teenagers or an unhappy family? Do you want to know the secrets of those happy families around you?
That's where I'm at. I've been working late, coming home to typical moody teenagers, a cranky hubby and a baby who requires my attention before I can tackle the other issues. There's something in the air that has been bothering me. That's partly what brought on my focus of gratitude this year. I want to be thankful for everything in my life, despite the negative pieces invading our home..
I love my family and I know my husband and kiddos love me in return. It's just that things aren't working quite like they should. There's room for improvement. Stress and conflict play a big part in it; not knowing what to do at times also contributes to the chaos.
Reading The Secrets of Happy Families has been a source of refreshment, as smiles on all of our faces reappear as we learn to work together to make this unit called family operate as it should.
I think my biggest downfall is expecting a system or plan to work indefinitely. However, as the author brought to my attention, it's not that the system or plan I created failed. It's that it must be adaptable to the changes all families go through. I must be willing to update it to meet the family's needs.
Another thing brought to my attention is that we aren't playing as a family enough. They ‘busies' have beaten us down. It's time to toss aside some of the activities that are stealing our precious play time.
I received a copy of this ebook via Litfuse Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
About the Book: The Secrets of Happy Families
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?
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.
Bruce is celebrating the release of his book with a family fun “Happy Family” Kindle HDX giveaway.
One winner will receive:
- A brand new Kindle Fire HDX
- The Secrets of Happy Families by Bruce Feiler
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on February 15th. Winner will be announced February 17th on the Litfuse blog.