Tuesday, May 11, 2010

End the Battles with a Family Constitution! (Book Review)

Do you sometimes feel as if your home is a battle zone? I do! We engage in a lot of power struggles around here. Trying to get our kids to go to bed, put away laundry, get off the computer, eat their dinner and more is often a nightmare. So, I was very interested in reading Scott Gale’s book, Your Family Constitution: A Modern Approach to Family Values and Household Structure. When I read Scott’s family story, it sounded so much like mine! He and his wife often struggled to get their two boys to follow through on their commitments, take responsibility for their actions, and drop the sense of entitlement that so many kids today seem to have. So, Scott came up with the concept of developing a family constitution.

A family constitution is designed to improve the “3-Cs”: clarity, consistency, and commitment. The common thread that runs through the process is that all family members are responsible for their own actions. Consequences and rewards are very clear and consistent. This helps to eliminate the battles and power struggles that so often plague households like ours. Sprinkled throughout Your Family Constitution are stories from the Gale family about how their own family constitution evolved, and how it gradually and drastically changed how their family functioned. Life became better for both the parents and the children. The new system improved their efficiency, communication, and accountability.

The best thing about Your Family Constitution is that it walks you step-by-step through the process of creating a family constitution that’s tailor-made for your family. There are plenty of templates, suggestions and examples to make it simple for you to create the best constitution to meet your needs. And, the author stresses, this is an evolving document. As you find out what works and what doesn’t, you can make changes until you’ve created a system that works for everyone in the family.

Go to www.yourfamilyconstitution.com to learn more about Your Family Constitution, download free eBooks and templates, access Scott Gale’s blog, and more! You can order Your Family Constitution through the site or via the Amazon link below.

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of Your Family Constitution to facilitate this review. No other compensation was provided.


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