Thursday, October 22, 2009
Review of The Family Constitution by Scott Gale
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Spectrum International Press (January 15, 2010)
Product Description from Amazon.com
What do you get when you cross two working professionals, two active kids and a dog? Chaos! For more than a decade, Scott Gale and his wife, Karen, juggled three bowling bowls- kids, personal needs, and careers. Clear and consistent expectations simply did not factor into their frantic lifestyle. In the wake of a Mother's Day family meltdown, Gale took time to evaluate his family's challenges and induce change, piecing together a powerful tool to restore family harmony. This 'Family Constitution' became the catalyst for clarity, consistency and commitment ('3C's), enabling his family to enjoy mutually understood boundaries and much-needed structure. Your Family Constitution shares Gale's innovative parenting tool and, more importantly, reveals the step-by-step process he went through to become a happier and more effective parent. He guides readers through the rewarding process of creating their own custom Family Constitution, while sharing many hilarious and personal accounts of parenting successes and failures. Your Family Constitution is a life-changing technique that parents can easily apply to make their own families stronger.
This book is just what my family needs in our chaotic lives. We are constantly going through issue with discipline. Here in ths book they use the basic principles of the constitution to come up with a solution to help with the most of the common issues that families deal with on a day to day basis.
The author starts the book off by talking about the time his family hit rock bottom. For him it was a wake up call. From then he though there has got to be a better way. So one day he contemplated for a while and came up with the constitution. He figured if the founding fathers had it to help balance power in government then it shoube be adapted into the family setting as well.
He then goes on to discuss a step by step way of framing and creating your own family constitution which would be right for you family. It is divided into 4 chapters with the second part of the book. It includes an appendix at the end of the book that shows the constitution of the Gale family.
Mr. Gale is a very straight-forward he does not sugar coat the results for you. He clearly states that you will not see results right away but if you maintain consitency you will see results. The key is you must reinforce the rules.
I recommend this for any family because it has a lot of valuable tips for helping your household run as smoothly as possible. I hope to incorporate this in my family life as soon as my hubby gets home we will start using the principles in this book.
I rate this book a 4/5
Disclaimer: This book was sent to me for review.