The Secrets of Happy Families: Eight Keys to Building a Lifetime of Connection and Contentment

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"This is a wonderful book. I recommend it to all families as required reading."
Harville Hendrix, Ph.D. author, Getting the Love You Want and Giving the Love That Heals: A Guide for Parents

"This is a beautiful book—timely, passionate, and powerful. It is also so well written, it's a page-turner and you'll find wealth of insight on every page. If you have specific questions about how to make family love last, this book has practical answers."
Michael Gurian, author, The Minds of Boys and The Wonder of Girls

"Scott Haltzman's writing is so engaging, it's the kind of book you pick up in a bookstore and find yourself still reading a half hour later. Inspiring and enlightening, it is filled with fascinating facts, educational anecdotes, and wise advice that you will remember, use, and repeat to others, even years from now. Don't miss this outpouring of love from a seasoned writer and psychiatrist."
Susan Page, author, Why Talking Is Not Enough and If I'm So Wonderful, Why Am I Still Single?

"Few well-written and easily read books treat us to solid research, a wide range of thoughtful quotes, and the author's real-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 Hear What Men Don't Say and Why Men Are the Way They Are

"Haltzman's latest entry into the 'advice to families' genre is a gem. Grounded in solid family research and his own survey of families, Haltzman offers sound, practical, and compassionate advice for families. His recognition of the diversity of contemporary families is one of the great strengths of this book. The accessible style is sure to please a wide range of readers from parents to family professionals."
Ross D. Parke, Ph.D. Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Emeritus, University of California, Riverside; and past president, Society for Research in Child Development

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Drawing on more than 1200 family-life questionnaires, psychological research, and his own experience as a clinician, Haltzman (The Secrets of Happily Married Women) provides the basic ingredients for creating happy families regardless of sexual, cultural, or ethnic identification. His strategies include sticking together, establishing values, and making time for fun and rituals, interwoven with case studies, checklists, and ideas for starting points. An authoritative book on a timely subject for mental-health professionals and parents looking to strengthen familial bonds.


—Deborah Bigelow
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470377109
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/29/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Scott Haltzman is clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Alpert Medical School of Brown University and editor of DrScott.com. He is the coauthor of the best-selling books The Secrets of Happily Married Men and The Secrets of Happily Married Women.

Theresa Foy DiGeronimo is the author of more than fifty books in the fields of medicine, education, and parenting.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 What Is a Family? 7

Chapter 2 What Is Happiness? 19

Secret 1 Happy Families . . . Stick Together 28

Secret 2 Happy Families . . . Commit and Communicate 57

Secret 3 Happy Families . . . Lean 80

Secret 4 Happy Families . . . Teach to and Learn from Children 100

Secret 5 Happy Families . . . Blend 131

Secret 6 Happy Families . . . Handle Conflict 155

Secret 7 Happy Families . . . Bounce 183

Secret 8 Happy Families . . . Breathe 206

Epilogue: Happy Families . . . Evolve 227

Appendix: Aggregate Results of the Happy Family Survey 231

Notes 243

About the Authors 251

Index 253

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  • Posted June 24, 2009

    Sense and Practicality

    Thoughtful layout of issues discussed, interspersed with actual case histories. The appendix offers aggregate results of "The Happy Family" survey which may surprise the reader. No matter how happy your family
    considers itself, this book offers valable, realistic pointers!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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