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The No Longer Secret Ideas from Happy Families

The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Rethink Family Dinner, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More by Bruce Feiler is a breakfast buffet book full of tips, ideas, things you might try and things you will never try. It is good.

I'll be sharing a number of things from this book but the just finished glow is still surrounding me and wanted to share something. If you're looking for a book about how to make any part of your family better, you could do much worse than this.

It seems like family books are making their way through my hands more and more. If this is a larger trend, I don't know. A few books from my annual list wouldn't exist without families. I've read the books about Tiger moms and French Mere's and while their stories are good, they don't find the big areas like Feiler does. This being the month about happiness, how could I not include ideas about happy families?

The book explores ideas ranging from getting ready for school to getting ready for vacation and family problems like chores, allowances, and grandparents. All of the tips are good but at the end Feiler summarizes everything he's learned in three major points about what happy families do.

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