Women frustrated with their marriage and their family will find the help they need to achieve greater happiness and success in their family in the new book, Family Ever After: Simple Ways to Achieve Extraordinary Happiness with Your Ordinary Familyby stay-at-home mom, blogger, and ordinary family leader Michelle H. Packard. Family Ever After uses the fairytale concept that once you find your prince charming life is happily ever after. Michelle H. Packard knows this concept, while romantic, is not realistic, and she provides a practical, poignant, funny, and moving exploration of the simple ways you can help find greater happiness and satisfaction in your marriage and family. Packard says, “While the idea of happy ever after is distorted, you can, in fact, achieve a Family Ever After.” Family Ever After brings time-tested and well-researched principles to family life to help you learn specific ways to improve your marriage and your family, whether that family is ordinary or extraordinary. Using real-world examples of best practices and helping woman readjust their media-driven perception of what happily ever after means, Family Ever After gives readers a pragmatic, helpful, and entertaining exploration of:
- How happiness in marriage and family life requires a more educated, real-world perspective
- How proper prioritization and defining what’s important in marriage and family is key to success;
- Why conflict is part of an ordinary family experience and how to peacefully resolve it;
- How to cultivate a sense of humor;
- How to develop a thoughtful and sincere habit of complimenting each member of your family;
- How to improve family relationships with extended family members; and
- Learning how to love a family member in the way they understand and accept that love
More than another how-to-have-a-perfect-family book, Family Ever After helps you gain the understanding and the practical skills of what makes ordinary families successful. Family Ever After is an essential and beautiful resource for all women who want to put more happiness in theirs and their family’s life.
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About the Author
Michelle Packard is a mother to her four very human and totally fabulous kids. She has been married ten years and is quite taken with her guy. Michelle holds a bachelors degree in home and family science from Brigham Young University. She has spent a great deal of time working with children and young adults and finds her greatest joy is happy families. Her first book Family Ever After was published in April 2013.
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Family Ever AfterA Practical Guide to Loving Your Crazy Family
By Michelle Packard
FamiliusCopyright © 2013 Michelle Packard
All right reserved.
Happily ever after’s don’t just happen, they must be made. There will be unforeseen bends and bumps. No marriage is free from exhaustion, financial struggling, arguing, disappointment, tragedy or heartache. We all have mornings when we wake up and wonder, “who is this person I married, and what have I gotten myself into?” Maybe things in your family are good but could be better. Maybe you feel like your family is broken, or maybe you think they are just so darn annoying you can’t stand to be with them. Maybe you’re a little depressed, or you always feel exhausted. There are numerous difficulties and detours on the road to ever after. Whatever your personal situation, the good news is there are things we can all do to make the burden lighter, to be happier, and to have a stronger, happier family.
Equip yourself with extra pillows when you climb onto the rickety roller coaster. Bring forgiveness, compassion, patience, humor, and extra love. You will need all the cushion you can get. Hold tight to forgiveness when your husband says something stupid, or your wife doesn’t show gratitude for your hard work. Pack some compassion for the moments your children are embarrassed at school, or your daughter doesn’t make the team. Bring patience, for the hundredth time you have to convince your kids to brush their teeth and put on their pj’s. Find humor in the mundane, and when uncertain what to do, stuff in all the extra love you have to offer. Let these soften the blows of family life’s sharp turns. Find comfort in them; let them heal you when you think you can’t make it, and relish them when things are good.
Everyone’s picture of happily ever after is different. My happily ever after is doing dishes with my husband and simply being happy to do it, sliding down a mountain on my bum, ripping a hole in my pants while my husband laughs at me because I’m too scared to walk down. It is watching my kids splash in the pool, so care free, filling the air with deep joyful laughter. It is waking up Christmas morning to a house full of balloons, or laying on my husband’s shoulder feeling safe and protected. It is the joy that engulfs me when my family knows I love them, and the peace that comes from knowing how much they love me. This is not the ever after I imagined years ago, as the satin folds of my white sparkling princess dress twirled around me and I was lost in my husbands pure brown eyes. Nor is what I imagined during our short honeymoon bliss, this is better because this is real. Find your vision of ever after and live it. You may be surprised to find the journey is the part you love the most.
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Table of Contents
- The Grape Juice Experiment
- Only You Can Change You
- Self-personification/self-fulfilling prophesy
- What’s Important?
- People and Time
- Time Management
- Conflict Resolution
- Great Expectations
- Positive Attitude
- Love Finds Love
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Marriage and family can be difficult, and most people can agree on that. It rarely turns out to be the fairy tale many of us imagine it to be. This book offers helpful and practical ways to make your home life peaceful and generally happy. Life can more closely resemble those things we most desire. I thought this was a really good book. The advice is well thought out and very practical for almost everyone. Sometimes I would find myself wondering why I wasn't doing some of these things already. They just made so much sense. Each chapter begins with an active way to improve things, and then the chapter goes on to explain what this means and how to go about it. There are a lot of real-life examples, and these really help to make you see how these things can apply to many different lives and circumstances. Much of the advice comes down to prioritizing the things you want in live and learning to truly love your family. It sounds fairly simple when written like this, but I think we all know that it is much more complex. I thought the book made a brilliant point in that any kind of life can be difficult. If we want something to be different, we should remember that in fact life wouldn't be any easier. There will always be things we have to work through, so we really need to learn to love our life as it is while recognizing that there are always things to improve and work on. I was inspired by this book to really focus on the big picture of my family and not get so hung up on the details. This is a book that will help people to refocus on the important parts of their family and ultimately have a much better life. Book provided for review.
LOVE LOVE LOVE the cover of this book! Then I opened it up and LOVED LOVED LOVED the information inside! It is true what the sub-title says... this really is a book of "simple ways to achieve extraordinary happiness with your ordinary family." Each chapter starts with a challenge and then Michelle shares some of her thoughts and personal stories to help you answer and achieve that challenge. Her challenges are really good! Here is one of the challenges I really had fun accomplishing... Take time to do something fun with your spouse or family and also do one thing for yourself that you love. Here is a challenge I had to work at... Show love to your spouse or child the way they feel loved. Here is a challenge I still need much work on... Choose to forgive an injustice you have been harboring. Find what challenges you could be accomplishing with your family...repair those challenges that are holding you back and learn how to put the FUN back into your Family Ever After :)
Been busily reading my "Family Ever After" i got in the mail yesterday. I highly recommend this book to improve your family relationships no matter what stage of life you are in. Michelle makes us so aware of the little things we need to do to make our family relationships better so we can achieve our "happily ever after". And, it's fun to read! Buy one for yourself and one for your spouse. When you have finished, you will want to recommend it to pretty much everyone you know! A great wedding gift!