“Our family’s falling apart.” When Bruce Feiler’s father spoke those words to him, Feiler had to face reality. And Feiler is likely not the only person who’s ever been in that position.
Determined to make his family stronger, Feiler set out to write a parenting and marriage manual. He interviewed families and self-help experts, trying to figure out how families can make it work. In his new book, “The Secrets of Happy Families,” Feiler advocates that parents need to make their families as important as their careers. He encourages families to “develop a strong family narrative.” Evidence from a research study shows that children gain more control over their lives and self-esteem when they learn about the family’s history - its struggles and successes.
However, Feiler didn’t want to write a traditional self-help book. He made this book for the modern family, with more than 200 useful strategies, including: the right way to have family dinner, what your mother never told you about sex (but should have), and why you should always have two women present in difficult conversations.
Have you ever felt like your family is falling apart? What did you do? What are your secrets to having a happy family?
Bruce Feiler, New York Times columnist and author of “The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Rethink Family Dinner, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More” (William Morrow)