[Reading] ➬ How to Be a Family: The Year I Dragged My Kids Around the World to Find a New Way to Be Together ➳ Dan Kois – Diclofenac16.us

How to Be a Family: The Year I Dragged My Kids Around the World to Find a New Way to Be TogetherIn This Refreshingly Relatable Outside Memoir, Slate Editor Dan Kois Sets Out With His Family On A Journey Around The World To Change Their Lives TogetherWhat 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 DC 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 TO BE A FAMILY Brings Readers Along As The Kois Girls Witty, Solitary, Extremely Online Lyra And Goofy, Sensitive, Social Butterfly Harper Like 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 We 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

[Reading] ➬ How to Be a Family: The Year I Dragged My Kids Around the World to Find a New Way to Be Together ➳ Dan Kois – Diclofenac16.us
  • Hardcover
  • 336 pages
  • How to Be a Family: The Year I Dragged My Kids Around the World to Find a New Way to Be Together
  • Dan Kois
  • 20 February 2018
  • 0316552623

    10 thoughts on “[Reading] ➬ How to Be a Family: The Year I Dragged My Kids Around the World to Find a New Way to Be Together ➳ Dan Kois – Diclofenac16.us


  1. says:

    I probably should have quit this book 1 2 way through But I didn t I wanted to get to Kansas that s why Honestly I don t think I have ever read a memoir or travelogue of such wordiness verbosity smugness And this man thinks he is kind LOL It s beyond belief that they used the word refreshing to describe in the trailer The places they lived for each 3 month period wereinteresting than the writer That s for sure And his wife and girls Well, there s too much arrogant, elitist D I probably should have quit this book 1 2 way through But I didn t I wanted to get to Kansas that s why Honestly I don t think I have ever read a memoir or travelogue of such wordiness verbosity smugness And this man thinks he is kind LOL It s beyond belief that they used the word refreshing to describe in the trailer The places they lived for each 3 month period wereinteresting than the writer That s for sure And his wife and girls Well, there s too much arrogant, elitist Dan think overview to really fully understand any of their deepest or varied opinions positions And generally few insights or anything essential Except perhaps occasionally minutia tidbits which occurred from general reflections of the topics he inquired or choose for them like the God belief one for them to answer The next time I come across any non fiction with the types of condescending commentary to or about fellow Americans that appeared in the first few chapters of this one, I won t continue Because the read isn t worth it He didn t learn much either for his widening year, because he was just as insufferable in his commentary about other at the end as he was at the beginning


  2. says:

    I really enjoyed this book, and clearly am the exact right demographic to appreciate it we re about 8 years behind Kois s family, but we too are an editor and an attorney who moved to the DC suburbs with a kid, few friends, and too little time So I can definitely get where he s coming from I loved the author s sense of humor and the glimpses of parenting styles abroad I also appreciated the extent to which he resisted packaging everything into a neat arc, where he went on this journey and le I really enjoyed this book, and clearly am the exact right demographic to appreciate it we re about 8 years behind Kois s family, but we too are an editor and an attorney who moved to the DC suburbs with a kid, few friends, and too little time So I can definitely get where he s coming from I loved the author s sense of humor and the glimpses of parenting styles abroad I also appreciated the extent to which he resisted packaging everything into a neat arc, where he went on this journey and learned things and was forever changed improved by it That s rarely how life works, and that s not how it works here My biggest takeaway from the book is how much better andfun parenting is when you have a community around you something we re currently sorely lacking, as are lots of parents In any case, an excellent read for parents and anyone else interested in the messy process of raising kids, here or anywhere


  3. says:

    Dan Kois and his wife Alia Smith realized their lives in Arlington, VA were overworked and over stressed Both worked long hours, their kids attended a high achieving high pressure school and they battled about screen time They decided to take a year and live in different places to see how others lived They spent a few months each in different countries New Zealand, the Netherlands, Costa Rica ending in an area of America very different from their home rural Kansas.I enjoyed seeing what asp Dan Kois and his wife Alia Smith realized their lives in Arlington, VA were overworked and over stressed Both worked long hours, their kids attended a high achieving high pressure school and they battled about screen time They decided to take a year and live in different places to see how others lived They spent a few months each in different countries New Zealand, the Netherlands, Costa Rica ending in an area of America very different from their home rural Kansas.I enjoyed seeing what aspects of each area they liked best ex the extremely bike friendly structure of the Netherlands Kois s writing is enjoyable to read and I appreciated his honest style There s no holier than thou parenting advice here This is how his family truly is.I empathized with Lyra, his then 11 year old daughter, who instead of trekking around the world and seeking adventure and the outdoors, just wanted to be left alone to read It was especially painful to read about her experience in the Dutch school, where they prize normality and couldn t abide by the idea that she would voice a dissenting opinion.As someone who lives in rural Minnesota, I ll admit I was rooting for them to settle down in Kansas Kois talks about many of the benefits of this lifestyle no traffic, cheap housing, free evenings not overworked , friendly people, a sense of community and the ability to start programs etc where you see something lacking I loved Kois description of the Hays Public Library and the awesome librarians that work there It reminded me of the public library where I work D In the end Kois avoids taking an even higher stress job in Silicon Valley It was painful to read the salary he could have had 750,000 dollars I didn t even know this was a thing , but redeeming that his family realized their original complaints stress, long hours, etc would have only been exasperated with this lifestyle change.Recommended for parents who like to read memoirs or about travel or parenting


  4. says:

    My Thoughts I love to travel and thought How to Be A Family The Year I Dragged My Kids Around the World to Find a New Way to Be Together by Dan Kois would be perfect for me That s a HUGE title and it says a lot I really liked the parts of this memoir that focused on the author and his family how they traveled together, compromised, fought, etc I enjoyed his exploration of parenting attitudes in New Zealand and Holland, and how they were able to live so differently in those countries Howev My Thoughts I love to travel and thought How to Be A Family The Year I Dragged My Kids Around the World to Find a New Way to Be Together by Dan Kois would be perfect for me That s a HUGE title and it says a lot I really liked the parts of this memoir that focused on the author and his family how they traveled together, compromised, fought, etc I enjoyed his exploration of parenting attitudes in New Zealand and Holland, and how they were able to live so differently in those countries However, Kois included long chunks in his book that had to do withcultural aspects of the various countries and these parts really dragged for me, especially in Costa Rica and Kansas I d have likedabout his changing family dynamics and less of the research This one wasof a miss for me.Original Source


  5. says:

    Enjoyed reading about your family s adventures to the different countries during 2017.Thanks for allowing us to experience how other countries differ from ours.Thanks, Goodreads, for choosing me as a winner of this book.


  6. says:

    Real Simple rec.I might roll my eyes the entire time but I might love it.


  7. says:

    Enjoyable year in the life memoir about family life parenting in different countries.


  8. says:

    Really enjoyed this adventure.


  9. says:

    I love people who challenge the normal suburban overscheduled family suburban norms and search forI wish that this had been atransformative experience for the kids though.


  10. says:

    Having spent about a year traveling with my husband and two daughters as well, I found Dan Kois book to be incredibly on point, funny and relatable.

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