How to Run a Successful and Happy Family – as told by an Expert Facilitator

19th April, 2010 - Posted by Gerry @ Families4Life - 5 Comments

How to Run a Successful and Happy Family – as told by an Expert Facilitator


Hopefully, the headline captures your imagination and attention!

I don’t blame you for thinking, “Who is this guy to tell us how to run a successful family?”


OK, before I answer that question, a bit about us.

Hi, my name is Gerry Faehrmann! I am married to Joanne, and we have 6 kids. We live in the north-western suburbs of Sydney, NSW, Australia. As you can see on our Curriculum Vitae page we look pretty normal, but like any family we have our Strengths and Weaknesses (and I can expand on these some other time).

Now, how can I tell you about running a successful family?

The short answer is “I cannot!”.

But the longer answer is “With the help of lots of other families, I can!”

You see, even between Joanne and me, we have a pretty good run of experience to share with others! But I know that by tapping into the vast experience of other interested families out there, that I can help more Families worldwide become more successful, happier and motivated to achieve more.

Families4Life is a Passion and Labour of Love of mine! I care about The World being a better place to live in. And what better Grass Roots way of doing this than by improving your own Family!

I guess one way of looking at Families4Life is that it is like a Personal Development resource for Families.

As the owner of  Families4Life, I see myself as a Facilitator and Go-Between. So even though I may have some stories and experiences to share with you, I don’t see myself as an Expert on Family. Fortunately, with the power of the internet, we can all do our “little bit” in making the world a happier and peaceful place to live in!

Yours in Family,

Gerry Faehrmann, Expert Facilitator


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Michael Pedzotti

May 4th, 2010 at 12:48 pm    

Gerry, I am wondering if you know a book called “The Five Love Languages”? I found that to be a valuable tool when our family was young and we were learning more about each other.

With the many pressures on families, it is beneficial to have a few tools to help improve communication. I found the book (by Garry Chapman) to be not only of value to us, but to as many couples we have loaned it to. I am not sure of the author’s spelling as I just looked in the bookshelf and our copy is “out” again.



May 4th, 2010 at 9:32 pm    

Thanks for calling by Michael.

The book is well regarded by Marriage Enrichment courses run in Australia. One course that Jo and I have done (in Sydney) is the Celebrate Love course – have a look at – and it is on this course we discovered all these good books.

As I have not read “The 5 Love Languages”, I will put it on my short-list of reading-to-do.

Thank you for recommending the book.

Gerry @ Families4Life

May 5th, 2010 at 3:28 am    

Michael, you have also reminded me of another really good book on nurturing relationships, this is Stephen R. Covey’s “The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Families” – I have promoted this at

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