I have just recently finished reading two very interesting books about having happy and healthy family relationships. Neither one was your typical parenting manual, and I really liked them because of that. They give fresh, original insights, which changed a lot about how I see family life and how it’s supposed to be.
For this giveaway, Fully Booked has partnered with C&V and I’m giving away copies of these books to three lucky readers this week! (Yey!) Simply read what I have to say about each book below and then follow the giveaway mechanics written at the end of the post.
The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings Rethink Family Dinner, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play and Much More by Bruce Feiler
We all want to have a happy and fulfilled family. And sometimes, we hope someone would tell us just how. A similar desire drove, New York Times Bestselling Author, Bruce Feiler to set out on a three year journey in search of the “smartest solutions and most cutting-edge research about families.”
The systems and practices Feiler included in his book, The Secrets of Happy Families, are not all new techniques. In fact, some of them are things people have been doing since the beginning of time. Things like regular family dinners and involving grandparents in children’s lives. Others are practices not even originally designed for family application such as agile development, composing a manifesto, and principled negotiation. But they have been adapted and adjusted to work for the home setting. It’s interesting to learn the history behind these ideas and how they hold the ability to effect favorable change in a family.
This book has about two hundred different solutions but it speaks fervently about adaptability and openness to change, which is something I believe all families will greatly benefit from. It suggests, through research and real life experience, that there are countless ways for families to achieve happiness, one only has to be courageous enough to take risks, evolve and keep working for it.
You Are Not Special and other Encouragements by David McCullough Jr
In 2012, David McCullough, an English Literature professor and father of four, gave a 12-minute commencement speech in Wellesley High, Massachusetts. Little did he know it would become so popular. Two years later, he writes a book expounding on his stirring message: You Are Not Special and Other Encouragements.
McCullough tackles serious issues teenagers go through and attempts to flesh out the reasons why they struggle, why they seem lost. He urges kids to embrace imperfection and not be afraid to fail, to go school to learn for oneself and not because he is expected to. He addresses the way parents — in their attempt to ensure their children’s success, — coddle the kids and fail to let them soar on their own wings, therefore robbing them of the chance to figure life out for themselves and develop into strong, independent adults. He talks about how one ought to evolve, grow, and improve at every stage of life because we all get only one chance at it.
You Are Not Special is sincere and enlightening. It will make you laugh at the idiosyncrasies of being young and clueless but it will also make your heart weep with hunger for a more passionate and deliberately lived life. It will help you understand your children more and spell out how you can save them by letting them be, because in truth, to tell them that they are special or extraordinary may be last thing that they need to hear.
The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings Rethink Family Dinner, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play and Much More and You Are Not Special and Other Encouragements are available in Fully Booked.
BOOK GIVEAWAY MECHANICS:
I’ll be giving away two (2) copies of The Secrets of Happy Families and one (1) copy of You Are Not Special and Other Encouragements. I have made it very simple to join. All you have to do is submit a comment on this blog post or on my Instagram/Facebook posts with your answer to this question: In one sentence, what’s the most important lesson having or being in a family has taught you?
That’s it! I will choose the three best answers from all social media platforms and announce the winners on Mar 2, Monday.
Disclosure: Though Veronica was not compensated monetarily for this review, she is a director at HoneycombCommunites which works closely with Fully Booked’s marketing efforts. Fully Booked provided both the books for review and for the give-away.