What inspired you to write this book?
I was frustrated as a parent. I was fed up with self-help books, shrinks, and other parenting “experts” having all the say. Their ideas were all stale, while in every other arena of contemporary life – from Silicon Valley to elite peace negotiators, from championship sports teams to the Green Berets – there are proven new ways to make teams and groups run more smoothly. I wanted to know what those people were doing with their own families, then test their ideas with my own wife and kids. It was an amazing experience for all of us. Not every idea worked. But I put all the ideas I learned in the book – over 200 new ones! – because what clicks with your family may be different from what clicked with mine. But my hope is that if you take three ideas, you’ll have a happier family in a week.
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