From the Inside Flap
Living in a happy family is good for your health, longevity, productivity, and success. Written by best-selling author Dr. Scott Haltzman, The Secrets of Happy Families is filled with smart, wise, and often humorous tips for families who want a healthy and harmonious home life in good times and tough times.
The Secrets of Happy Families is based on the groundbreaking results of a survey of 1,266 men and women who reveal their family secrets on topics from sex to childcare. Dr. Haltzman interweaves cutting-edge research and examples from his own clinical practice to arrive at easy-to-apply strategies that can boost the happiness in any family:
Stick TogetherKnow your core values and work together to set a course for happiness that includes everyone in the home.
Commit and CommunicateChildren feel more secure when they know that parents are committed to stay together. Using good communication seals the deal!
LeanYou don't have to do it all on your own. Reaching out to others makes you and your family sturdier and steadier.
Teach to and Learn from ChildrenParenting takes patience, but while you're teaching your children, they're teaching you!
BlendGrouping and regrouping with step-, adopted, and foster families isn't always smooth, but the process can enrich everyone involved.
Handle ConflictKnowing how to master conflict can lead to a more cohesive family.
BounceHealthy families know how to rebound from adversity and grow stronger in the process.
BreatheMaking time for fun, adventure, and rituals sets the stage for a loving family over a lifetime.
The Secrets of Happy Families will be the book your family turns to again and again for raising healthy children, solving everyday crises, creating a stable loving home, and building positive memories.
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From the Back Cover
"This is a wonderful book. I recommend it to all families asrequired reading."
, Ph.D. author, Getting the LoveYou Want and Giving the Love That Heals: A Guide for Parents
"This is a beautiful book—timely, passionate, andpowerful. It is also so well written, it's a page-turner and you'llfind wealth of insight on every page. If you have specificquestions about how to make family love last, this book haspractical answers."
—Michael Gurian, author, The Minds of Boys and TheWonder of Girls
"Scott Haltzman's writing is so engaging, it's the kind of bookyou pick up in a bookstore and find yourself still reading a halfhour later. Inspiring and enlightening, it is filled withfascinating facts, educational anecdotes, and wise advice that youwill remember, use, and repeat to others, even years from now.Don't miss this outpouring of love from a seasoned writer andpsychiatrist."
—Susan Page, author, Why Talking Is Not Enough andIf I'm So Wonderful, Why Am I Still Single?
"Few well-written and easily read books treat us to solidresearch, a wide range of thoughtful quotes, and the author'sreal-life experience on perhaps life's most important subject:creating a happy family. This book does it all!"
—Warren Farrell, Ph.D. author, Women Can't HearWhat Men Don't Say and Why Men Are the Way They Are
"Haltzman's latest entry into the 'advice to families' genre isa gem. Grounded in solid family research and his own survey offamilies, Haltzman offers sound, practical, and compassionateadvice for families. His recognition of the diversity ofcontemporary families is one of the great strengths of this book.The accessible style is sure to please a wide range of readers fromparents to family professionals."
—Ross D. Parke, Ph.D. Distinguished Professor ofPsychology, Emeritus, University of California, Riverside; and pastpresident, Society for Research in Child Development