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A Step-by-Step Guide to Realizing Your Best Family


There is no perfect family or a perfect life. But as parents we do our best and create a structure that works best for our family. Some families are able to do smoothly with open communication, strong values and effective time management.

These components are not easy to keep stable - especially when faced with the strong willed personality of our children. However, co-authors Barbara Fagan-Smith and Lesli Gee of the new book The Family ROI Experience: A Step-by-Step Guide to Realizing Your Best Family believe that business techniques can be applied to the home that can revitalize, focus and strengthen families

Modeled after their work with Family ROI, a nonprofit organization they founded, which hosts weekend retreats to teach guests how to use strategic planning tools, culture building practices, and communication strategies to realize and achieve the goals they have for their families, the book features a journey map where members of the family can create a shared vision of your life, make exciting plans for the future, strengthen your communications, discover ways to improve your day-to-day lives, and have fun together!

According to Fagan-Smith and Gee, the Family ROI Experience can work for any family regardless of the size, structure, culture or faith of your family. This includes a notion that family can be described as a tree whose roots starts with communication. Culture, mission and practices are the stems and the leaves are purposes, vision, appreciation, contributions, etc. I loved seeing the colorful family tree as I reflected on my own background and the goals I have for my daughters.


In the book and program, users employ a Journey Map en route to strengthening their family.

Steps include:

Communication: Families learn strategies to communicate clearly and compassionately with one another. Once they have developed these foundational tools, they can move on to other stops along the map.

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Culture: Family members discover who they are collectively as a family -- including their core values, traditions, and daily agreements.

Mission: Families explore where they are headed and the steps necessary to make their vision a reality.

Practices: Families examine and improve their day-to-day tasks.

"Our process encourages people to revitalize, refocus, and reinforce their bonds," says Fagan-Smith.

Part step-by-step guide and part workbook, The Family ROI Experience includes activities family members can do together and stories from people who have completed the process at previous workshops.

Gee adds, "Regardless of a family's size, structure, culture, or religious beliefs, The Family ROI Experience ensures a great return on a family's investment of time, energy, and love."

While there is no perfect family, the The Family ROI Experience is designed to help families create structure and balance, and ultimately strengthen the family unit. Our family thinks travel brings us together, what about you?

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