How to Be A Family

How to Be A Family

The Year I Dragged My Kids Around the World to Find A New Way to Be Together

Book - 2019
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"What happens when one frustrated dad turns his kids' lives upside down in search of a new way to be a family? Dan Kois and his wife always did their best for their kids. Busy professionals 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--could each be found searching for their own happiness. But aren't families supposed to achieve happiness together? In this eye-opening, heartwarming, and very funny family memoir, the fractious, loving Kois' go in search of other places on the map that might offer them the chance to live away from home--but closer together. Over a year the family lands in New Zealand, the Netherlands, Costa Rica, and small-town Kansas. The goal? To get out of their rut of busyness and distractedness and to see how other families live outside the East Coast parenting bubble. HOW TO BE A FAMILY brings readers along as the Kois girls--witty, solitary, extremely online Lyra and goofy, sensitive, social butterfly Harper--hike through the Kiwi bush, ride bikes to a Dutch school in the pouring rain, battle iguanas in their Costa Rican kitchen, and learn to love a town where everyone knows your name. Meanwhile, Dan interviews neighbors, public officials, and scholars to learn why each of these places work the way they do. Will this trip change the Kois family's lives? Or do families take their problems and conflicts with them wherever they go? A journalistic memoir filled with heart, empathy, and lots of whining, HOW TO BE A FAMILY will make readers dream about the amazing adventures their own families might take."--Amazon.com.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2019.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316552622
Characteristics: viii, 324 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm

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floyds12
Mar 31, 2021

I couldn't even finish this book! This family should never have left home!
They acted like self entitled Americans in every country! Their oldest daughter's attitude wasn't endearing, understandable or funny! This is how she's been raised! Good on the Dutch for not accommodating them!

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Feb 09, 2020

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