Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - How's Your Family Really Doing? 10 Keys to a Happy Loving Family

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Book Review - How's Your Family Really Doing? 10 Keys to a Happy Loving Family

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About the Book
Research has demonstrated that successful families can achieve the task of raising children who live independently and establish stable and harmonious relationships. They can create a sense of closeness, a positive sense of family identity, provide support and encouragement through times of stress, and allow for the uniqueness of their members. Buried in piles of professional literature, Dr. Don MacMannis (Dr. “Mac”) along with his wife, Debra MacMannis, M.S.W., have uncovered the 10 Keys—the common factors or essential threads that are needed to build successful and lasting relationships.

Dr. Mac and Debra are the authors of How's Your Family Really Doing? 10 Keys to a Happy Loving Family, a guidebook that helps readers build strong, loving, and happy families for the new millennium. Weaving together contributions from psychology, neurobiology, family studies and spirituality, it also draws from extensive new brain research to highlight 10 essential keys that define successful families.

How’s Your Family Really Doing? can help you to:

  • Learn about healthy families and ways to bring out the best in one another.
  • Identify family strengths and areas needing improvement.
  • Find specific ways to strengthen skills for each of the 10 Keys
  • Examine the similarities and differences between your family of origin and current family.

The book was conceptualized and written to be more than just a parenting book. It can be used as a reference—like an encyclopedia of family relationships that can be turned to at pivotal moments in the family life cycle. The tips and tools can help family members regardless of whether the kids are still growing up or have left the nest. Equally appropriate for families with toddlers, teens or grandparents, it can be used as a pre-marital tool, as preparation for the birth of a child, at a time when a child is symptomatic and the family wants to know why, at the blending of two new families, or at a break-up or a geographical move.

“The inspiration for How’s Your Family Really Doing? came from the thousands of families that reached out to us for help over the last 35 years,” explains Dr. MacMannis. “We were asked the same question over and over: ‘Why didn’t we learn this information in school?’ How’s Your Family Really Doing? uncovers and synthesizes the essential characteristics of healthy families as they emerged from our therapy practice, teaching, training of therapists, and in our own family. This is the course that we all wish had been offered in high school or college. Imagine the mistakes that could have been avoided had anyone taught us the essentials of healthy relating.”


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Twitter: @howsyourfamily

About the Author

Dr. Don MacMannis (Dr. Mac) is a child psychologist, teacher, author, clinician, school consultant and award-winning songwriter and musician. He has written and directed the music for the PBS hit, “Jay Jay the Jet Plane.” His fun-filled “adult-quality music” provides kids with building blocks to happiness and success. In 2009, Dr. Mac won the title of Best Family Therapist in a poll taken by Dr. Mac has a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth, a masters in school-child psychology from University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from California School of Professional Psychology. He is the author of Kids’ EPs and Kids’ EPs Workbook.

Don and Debra MacMannis are a team both at home and at the office. Married for over thirty years and parents of two sons, they are psychotherapists who 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

My Take on the Book
This is a book that is a great resource for any family. It puts a ton of information into one location and shares practical tips on what you can do to help you become a better parent and a more connected family. I particularly liked the assessment tool that was included which gives you a baseline of where to start and gives you ideas on what areas you may need to work on and then they provide you with the tools to do just that. The book allows people to know that all families can become stronger and does not point fingers or place blame is there are parts of the family dynamic which are dysfunctional...instead just the opposite, if builds up the reader and supports them to become better and stronger. This was a great book that I would highly recommend to all families!

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