Women frustrated with their marriage and their family will find the help they need to achieve greater happiness and success in their family in the new book, Family Ever After: Simple Ways to Achieve Extraordinary Happiness with Your Ordinary Family by stay-at-home mom, blogger, and ordinary family leader Michelle H. Packard.
Family Ever After uses the fairytale concept that once you find your prince charming life is happily ever after. Michelle H. Packard knows this concept, while romantic, is not realistic, and she provides a practical, poignant, funny, and moving exploration of the simple ways you can help find greater happiness and satisfaction in your marriage and family. Packard says, “While the idea of happy ever after is distorted, you can, in fact, achieve a Family Ever After.”
Family Ever After brings time-tested and well-researched principles to family life to help you learn specific ways to improve your marriage and your family, whether that family is ordinary or extraordinary.
Using real-world examples of best practices and helping woman readjust their media-driven perception of what happily ever after means, Family Ever After gives readers a pragmatic, helpful, and entertaining exploration of:
- How happiness in marriage and family life requires a more educated, real-world perspective
- How proper prioritization and defining what’s important in marriage and family is key to success;
- Why conflict is part of an ordinary family experience and how to peacefully resolve it;
- How to cultivate a sense of humor;
- How to develop a thoughtful and sincere habit of complimenting each member of your family;
- How to improve family relationships with extended family members; and
- Learning how to love a family member in the way they understand and accept that love
More than another how-to-have-a-perfect-family book, Family Ever After helps you gain the understanding and the practical skills of what makes ordinary families successful. Family Ever After is an essential and beautiful resource for all women who want to put more happiness in theirs and their family’s life.
“Family Ever After is a must-read for every happily married Cinderella who wonders why she’s still holding the broom.”
–Rachelle J. Christensen, award-winning author of Wrong Number and Caller ID
“Michelle is open enough to have given readers an intimate look into her life and those close to her, allowing us to learn from both painful and sweet experiences. Her self-reflective style and meaningful insights, if applied, would clearly make a profound impact in the lives of readers.”
–Shawn Edgington Ph.D.
Michelle Packard is a mother to her four very human and totally fabulous kids. Her oldest, Ella is always in charge and leads the pack with creativity and curiosity, Daniel follows with loyalty and loves tenderly, Julia is a doll and always buzzing over something beautiful, and Jackson could hunt down the last sharpie on earth to create art on your bathroom wall. She has been married ten years and is quite taken with her guy. Date night is her favorite and she dreams of weekend getaways with her man. She loves creating beauty through floral design, but apparently has no gift with living flowers (They end of upside down and pressed in books). She finds parties alluring. They beckon her to invite people over, spend way too much time preparing food for murder mystery dinners, and totally enjoy friends and family. Michelle holds a bachelors degree in Home and Family Science from Brigham Young University. She has spent a great deal of time working with children and young adults and finds her greatest joy is happy families.
Guest Post: Remembering What’s Most Important
Today I stood on the bleachers cheering on my daughter, as she ran the 50-meter dash. As I did so my heart broke for the parents of the young girl in our community that was being laid to rest at the same time. I watched my daughter laugh and giggle with her friends, I calmed her nerves when she told me she had flutters in her stomach, and I applauded as she ran her hardest down the track.
Earlier today I had decided that I just didn’t have the time to go to her meet. I felt guilty but I kept telling myself that other important things would not get done if I went. About an hour before the meet I decided I just couldn’t miss it and away we went. I did not know the young girl who died or her family, but as we waited in the bleachers for the races to start it became the topic of conversation. As we spoke I realized how lucky I was that my daughter was around to want me to watch her run two one-minute races. How lucky I was to be inconvenienced by her. I loved how excited she was that I was there and was happy to hand over the $2 for the concession stand. When she ran off with her friends and ignored my existence, I was glad I could be her back up whenever needed.
It is true, some of my important jobs today will be left undone, but my most important job is mom and wife and today I have been successful at at least one of those jobs. I hope on the many other days I am tempted to “let what matters most be at the mercy of what matters least,” (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe) that I will remember today. I hope I will always remember to enjoy what I have for as long as I have it, and I hope when those things are gone I will have happy memories to fill what I imagine would be a very lonely void.
With one arm holding the phone, I rushed around the kitchen wiping off counters, stacking dishes in the dish- washer, and browning meat for dinner. I was talking with my mom about financial woes, injuries, the deadline for this book, doctor visits, and new school clothes, when she pointed out to me, “When you get to be my age, you look back on your life and realize that so much of what you thought was a big deal, didn’t really matter at all.”
The wisest people in my life are always telling me to take pictures, write down the funny things your kids say, spend more time with your kids, go on dates, have more sex, or take a vacation. No one ever tells me to have a cleaner house, worry more about finances, or buy the kids more new clothes because they know in the end those things are just not a big deal and that they are not what create happily ever afters.
While attending a parent-teacher conference for my daughter, the teacher asked me if I felt the word problems on her math homework were too vague and confusing. I thought for a moment and confidently replied no. I felt like it was good practice for my daughter to learn how to pick out the pertinent information needed to solve the problem. While pondering this, I realized that in order to solve life’s problems, we need to be able to decipher what is important in the theoretical whirlwinds distracting us at every turn.
The extra facts and numbers were alluring and con- fusing to my daughter because they seemed important, but as soon as she sleuthed out the right numbers, the rest was easy. Until we can focus on and find what is most import- ant, we will not be able to obtain the happiness we desire. We must wade through the fields of excess and find the flowers that are covertly masked by the weeds. Only then will we find our equation for happily ever after.
This or That
Night owl, or early bird?
Print or Ebook?
Chocolate or Vanilla?
Action or Drama?
Pizza or Pasta?
Skittles or M&Ms?
Harry Potter or Twilight?
Gum or Breath Mints?
Spontaneity or Planning Ahead?
PC or Mac?
Beach or Pool?
Facebook or Twitter?
Truth or Dare?
Text or Talk?
What is your favorite Quote?
“It’s a hard thing but you can do hard things” (Anonynous)
What’s your favorite season/weather?
Spring, I love the flowers
If you could take over the world, would you?
Not a chance…It would be way too much work!
What hidden gem do you have in your bookshelves?
A secret lever that opens up into a garden with a pool…just kidding but wouldn’t it be awesome!
People touching me with their feet, a constant mom mom mom mooooooom!, and when my family asks me where their stuff is (to which I almost always know the answer and promptly respond, “I don’t know, where did you put it?”
How do you react to a bad review?
If I see a bad review I look for more reviews. After all there are always a few who hate everything or who are just super critical. If there are a ton of bad reviews I move on and don’t usually look back.
If you had 24 hours alone how would you spend it?
Do such things really exist? J If they did it would be reading books and shopping at the outlet malls.
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