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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Two Harbors Press (August 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936401924
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936401925
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,013,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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''Excellent, informative, helpful, and well written. As a psychologist who has seen many children and families in therapy, I was delighted to read How's Your Family Really Doing? It is a wonderful resource that reflects the insights of two skilled and experienced family clinicians.
The book includes not only practical, realistic ideas for enriching one's family life, but also a 50-point self-assessment instrument to examine one's family's strengths and the areas that require improvement. It is written in a readerfriendly manner that will be read and re-read by families and professionals alike. Don and Debra are to be commended for their impressive book.''--Robert Brooks, Ph.D., Psychologist, Faculty of Harvard Medical School, co-author of Raising Resilient Children, and co-author of The Power of Resilience

''The 10 Keys provided in How's Your Family Really Doing? will ensure the answer is, 'Getting better all the time.' These keys, such as Seeing the Positive, Balancing Closeness and Difference, Making Decisions, and Parenting Together, contain subtle insights that will appeal to even the most thoughtful and conscientious parents. Every key is backed up by very specific, practical steps just about everyone can realistically take. A brief quiz at the outset also helps parents identify their priority areas, so if you don't want to read the entire book, you can focus on what is most important to you right now.
Don and Debra have harnessed their extensive clinical experience, their parenting wisdom, and what is obviously a strong sense of family to create a resource that will be of lasting value to parents, prospective parents, grandparents, and clinicians. It is welcoming, warm, and wise.''--Maurice J. Elias, Ph.D. author, Emotionally Intelligent Parenting, Director of Clinical Training, Rutgers University

''Congratulations on an excellent book. The family is one of the mysteries of life--usually we can't live without them and, at times, we can't live with them. How's Your Family Really Doing? is truly a guide to the perplexed. Read it and you and your family will certainly grow together.''--Charles Fishman, M.D. co-author, Structural Family Therapy Techniques (with Salvador Minuchin), author, Intensive Structural Therapy, and Treating Troubled Adolescents

''I loved it. I think your book will make an important contribution to the world of self-help family-focused books. Everyone knows that the family is a unit but most parenting books don't treat it as such. Finally, here is a book that will really make a difference in your life because of its focus on the family." ----Dr. Jordan Paul, co-author, Do I Have to Give Up Me to Be Loved By You? and author of Becoming Your Own Hero

About the Author

Husband and wife for twenty-nine years, Don MacMannis, Ph.D., and Debra Manchester MacMannis, M.S.W., have simultaneously served as directors of the Family Therapy Institute of Santa Barbara. In addition to nationwide lectures on families, they have provided postgraduate training to hundreds of therapists.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Adelaide O'Keefe on August 3, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
When I feel like Ive tried everything I know to do and nothing has helped, I consult How's your family really doing? There's always something helpful, like a reminder to hold a boundary, or trust that listening really is all thats needed, or validation that I'm on the right track. Thanks for this exceptionally compassionate guide for families!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Per Curiam on August 3, 2013
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As new parents trying to figure out what our parenting style will be, this book has provided valuable exercises, ideas, and food for thought! Although compact, this book contains a wealth of useful advice for a wide variety of situations. Whereas some "self help" books are full of gimmicks and catch-phrases, "How's Your Family Really Doing" provides straightforward advice by means of inspiring quotes, relevant facts, real-life examples, and useful tips. It is an easy read, but its insights linger.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MADMAN on August 3, 2013
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How many times have you heard, "There ought to be a manual for getting married and starting a family?" This book is as close as you will get. The authors help you to figure out your particular strengths and areas needing attention and then spell out steps to improve how your family functions. How do you learn to listen, accept differences, balance alone and relationship time, and get along--this book is like an app for that-- How's Your Family Really Doing?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Deborah D. Allen on September 7, 2011
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How's Your Family Really Doing is an information packed little book that delivers tools and resources that are useful to family therapists as well as the layperson reading this book. This is by far the most comprehensive and well researched book I've read that covers the "all you need to know about parenting" in order to raise happy and healthy children. What I especially enjoyed was the emphasis that was placed on ways to keep the couple relationship close and connected as well. I've sometimes thought that with all the focus on attachment based parenting, we've forgotten the importance of a cohesive and connected parental couple. It's the dynamic interaction between great parenting and great couplehood that provides children with the best opportunities for healthy development. That said, the authors are very clear that there are many varieties of "family" in our modern culture, including single parents and same sex couples and that children will do best when the parents are communicating effectively with each other. The authors provide an easy to use assessment tool to assess areas of family life that are working as well as areas that could use some help...and then they go on to help the reader develop ways to improve in each area. This is the book that you will want your 16 year old to read before getting into a serious relationship. This is the book that you will have wished you'd read years ago before making some of the common errors in raising a family. What is especially refreshing about this book is that there is no blame and no mention of "dysfunctional family systems". Instead, the book focuses on the positive, recognizing that we all can use a little help growing a little bit more and that it's never too late for change. How's Your Family Really Doing offers a new paradigm of family normal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Kjell E. Rudestam on August 8, 2013
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Don MacMannis and Debra Manchester are expert family therapists with a rich history of treating families and training therapists. Their clinical experience, as well as their appreciation for the struggles that families encounter throughout the lifespan, are captured in this very practical, down-to-earth book with wisdom, warmth, humor, and immense common sense. Family members who seek to improve their understanding, communication, and problem solving skills cannot help but benefit from reading it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Kravetz on June 28, 2013
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This is a great book -- current, comprehensive, direct, and effective. Written with humor, warmth, and wisdom, a resource for navigating familial relationships at this particularly challenging moment in time. "How's Your Family...." is a manual providing deep insight and perspective on family dynamics, and pragmatic tools and ideas for addressing the wide range of issues confronting the family system. Great for general rules to live by, as well as problem solving -- remarkable in its scope for such a slender volume. Highly, highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deborah D. Allen on June 26, 2013
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How's Your Family Really Doing is an information packed little book that delivers tools and resources that are useful to family therapists as well as the layperson reading this book. Interspersed throughout the book are wonderful quotes and tips on improving family life. This is by far the most comprehensive and well researched book I've read that covers the "all you need to know about parenting" in order to raise happy and healthy children. What I especially enjoyed was the emphasis that was placed on ways to keep the couple relationship close and connected as well. I've sometimes thought that with all the focus on attachment based parenting, we've forgotten the importance of a cohesive and connected parental couple. It's the dynamic interaction between great parenting and great couplehood that provides children with the best opportunities for healthy development. That said, the authors are very clear that there are many varieties of "family" in our modern culture, including single parents and same sex couples and that children will do best when the parents are communicating effectively with each other. The authors provide an easy to use assessment tool to assess areas of family life that are working as well as areas that could use some help...and then they go on to help the reader develop ways to improve in each area. This is the book that you will want your 16 year old to read before getting into a serious relationship. This is the book that you will have wished you'd read years ago before making some of the common errors in raising a family. What is especially refreshing about this book is that there is no blame and no mention of "dysfunctional family systems". Instead, the book focuses on the positive, recognizing that we all can use a little help growing a little bit more and that it's never too late for change. How's Your Family Really Doing offers a new paradigm of family normal.
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