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The Secrets of Happy Families: Eight Keys to Building a Lifetime of Connection and Contentment
Proven ways to create a more loving family Research proves that happy families are good for health, longevity, peace of mind, productivity, and success. In The Secrets of Happy Families, Scott Haltzman offers an original approach to building family contentment that works for families of all ethnicities and make-ups-two-parent, single-parent, blended, childless, or same-sex ...more
ebook, 276 pages
Published June 8th 2009 by Jossey-Bass
(first published January 1st 2009)
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Feb 14, 2014 Cami rated it it was ok · review of another edition
There aren't really any 'secrets' here. This book really just states the obvious. The author uses a whole chapter to say that families come in all shapes and sizes. Another chapter says people who stayed married longer have adjusted their expectations of romantic love. No one needs a book to tell them that.
Terrible book. There are a few good thoughts but it's been reduced to a feel good book by trying to be politically correct and defining all family variants as "family". I'd much rather study and ponder the Proclamation on the Family given by our modern day prophet and apostles and if you truly follow what you learn, along with Sister Beck's talk "Mothers Who Know" you'll be set and won't even need to pick this up. Same stuff just watered down. Go to the source, uphold the family unit - single pa ...more
I really enjoyed this book. I especially loved the idea about sitting down with your family and deciding which family values are going to drive your life. It is a great way to give direction and priority into your family's course. He also talks about the importance of resiliency and other family secrets. Overall I thought he had some great points. I guess he is also the author of “secrets for happy wives”, and “secrets for happy husbands” and people were upset with him for his definition of fami ...more
An interesting read for the most part, but definitely not from a christian view point. Most of the principles seem to be pretty much commonsense things that my family does anyway, so it wasn't life changing. It was good to see that the things we do on a daily basis without much thought matter in the long run.
Jun 18, 2014 Kit rated it it was ok · review of another edition
It was a little gimmicky trying to sell what works for them. I also had the misfortune of having a hardcopy from the library. These days I can only fit in reading those late at night. It was worth it while reading some other baby books, but not really this one. I may pick it up again when he's a little older.
May 27, 2015 Whitney Archibald rated it really liked it · review of another edition
I got some good ideas from this book, and felt validated that it's ok that we have dinner at 4:00 without Dad. I liked the approach of looking at happiness in a family as a whole, including grandparents, and not just focusing on the kids.