How to Be a Family: The Year I Dragged My Kids Around the World to Find a New Way to Be Together
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What is the secret to a harmonious life for a busy American family of four? Slate editor Dan Kois sets out with his wife and daughters on a journey around the world to learn what it takes to be a family. Dan Kois and his wife always did their best for their kids. Busy professiona...ls living in the D.C. suburbs, they scheduled their children's time wisely, and when they weren't arguing over screen time, the Kois family-Dan, his wife Alia, and their two pre-teen daughters, Lyra and Harper-could be found each searching for their own happiness. But aren't families supposed to achieve happiness together? In this eye-opening and heart-warming book, Dan Kois decides that-while he still has time-he is going to try and find a way for his family to work together to achieve their own and each other's dreams. Having just returned from a reporting trip to Iceland, where he was won over by the serenity of the landscape and the ample time that families seemed to have with one another, he decides to find other places on the map that might offer he and his wife and kids the chance to live away from home and closer together. The goal? To get out of the quintessentially American rut of busyness and distractedness and to see how other families live, in the hopes that their family might see themselves and their family differently. HOW TO BE A FAMILY takes readers inside the Kois family dynamic, at turns hilarious and eye-opening, and across the world as we travel with them to the Netherlands, New Zealand, Costa Rica and Hays, Kansas. We learn some essential lessons as they do-for instance, the arbitrariness of some of America's most deeply held parenting beliefs-and see the world as they begin to see it.