Building the home life you’re dreaming of as a parent is often easier said than done.  You know you want your family to love one another and get along, and you know that you want your home to be a place where your loved ones love to be.  But, making all this happen requires hard work!

The hard work of being a family

The hard work of being a family is what my co-author, Dr. Gary Chapman, and I were thinking about when we began planning to write The DIY Guide to Building a Family That Lasts (Northfield, 2019).  We wanted to give families a “toolbox” of practical do-it-yourself (DIY) strategies and tools that would help you actually feel capable of making the home life improvements you want to make.  Furthermore, we wanted to present these strategies and tools in fun, relatable ways that would encourage and empower families to want to plan, build, and love your home life.

Have fun building your home life

Part of the fun of the DIY Family Book is that it’s based on the home improvement metaphor.  So, think about all the great home improvement television shows that you’ve ever seen, and now imagine those same types of literal home improvement concepts applied to home life improvement.  In each chapter of the book, Gary and I included sections such as “drawing up the plans,” “do-it-yourself,” “all-in budget,” “sweat equity,” and “the big reveal.”  Plus, we’ve used a lot of other home improvement language and humor throughout the book to get you planning, building, and loving your new and improved home life!

We love helping families

Gary has written more than 50 books, including the NY Times Best Selling book, The Five Love Languages.  This is my second book with him [we wrote Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Became Parents (Northfield, 2016)], which is just an amazing honor for me as a newer author.  Plus, together, we’ve counseled thousands of families over the years.  And, so we’re hopeful that our love for families and our knowledge of relationship-building strategies and tools comes through loud and clear in the DIY Family Book.  We believe we’ve written it in an ultra family-friendly way, but you’ll be the ultimate judge of that.  So, we look forward to hearing from you!  Look for us on social media @DrShannonWarden and @DrGaryChapman and under #DIYFamilyBook, and let us know how your home life improvements are going!  We’ll be cheering you on as you and your family accomplish your big reveals!

Have fun and enjoy your DIY home life victories!

Your DIY coach and fellow DIY’er,


PS1: Please and thank you, in advance, for getting a copy of our book—The DIY Guide to Building a Family That Lasts.  And, if you will, please write a review on Amazon and other book sellers’ websites.  Your review goes a long way in encouraging others to buy the book.  Also, look for us on social media at #DIYFamilyBook.  Thanks again!!

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Build the home life you want with the DIY Family Book

Build the home life want with the DIY Family Book