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Posted January 13, 2010
It Is What It Is...
The author, Kathy Peel, approaches the family as an organization, divides it into departments, and deals with task lists and job sharing. Because I'm more of a laissez-faire manager, it was a little too corporate for me; but I can certainly see the logic behind it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The book is well organized and clearly thought out. One of the features were the vignettes from Kathy's husband, Bill. He often added some male insight into Kathy's system, and at least for me (I am a man after all) clarifying what she was getting at.
Overall, I think the book is what it is. There's nothing extraordinary in the book and the content is nothing that hasn't been said before. That does not mean it is not a good book. It isn't bad as self-help books go.
Posted January 11, 2010
Ever wonder how some people are just so organized and their homes look amazing? How do they manage to do it all?
Seems like on all the home improvement channels there is a need for organization. I've got countless shows that promise to help a family find a place for things, keep their home more organized and less cluttered, but honestly how close is that for most of us.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Actually with this great, outstanding book I had the opportunity to review for Tyndale Publishers, I think it's possible for all of us. The best part I love about the book is that it is written from the male and female perspective for accomplishing certain tasks. Whether your more the go with the flow kind of things and he is the micro manager who can master finding places for everything, or somewhere in between or just the opposite, then you will love this book.
Here is an example of just one of the ways this book has helped me personally. We all have a computer in our family. My youngest has hers for homeschooling, my teen for college classes, I have mine for paying bills, blogging and book reviews and my hubby has one for work. So how does a family manage the amount of hours we spend on these computers so we can still have a life with one another?
Did you know that the average child today spends 45 hours a week with some form of media, according to Common Sense Media, compared with just 30 hours in school.
Here are some suggestions from the book:
1. Take time now to establish limits on computers and cell phone devices.
2. Keep your computer set up in the open so you can monitor your kid's usage and you and your spouse will be less likely to spend inordinate amounts of time on it if family members are nearby.
3. Turn off the computer when it's not being used. You'll be less likely to think, I'll just take a minute to check my email if you have to restart your computer to do so.
4. Turn off the computer at the same time each night. At the end of a long day, it's often easier to mindlessly surf the internet than to get ready for bed.
5. Set and enforce the limits of time your kids spend watching TV or playing video games. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children spend no more than one to two hours with any form of media each day.
6. Honestly assess whether you're relying on the computer or video games to keep your kids busy so you can work around the house or get needed downtime. If so, talk with your spouse about how you can spend more time interacting with your kids and how you can encourage them to occupy themselves whether by playing outdoors or doing chores for extra spending money.
7. Use a timer and keep track of the time. It is easy to let that get away from you and the kids.
8. Don't automatically answer the phone or respond to text messages. Talk and respond to people when it's convenient for you. (Page 30)
As you can see the book is filled with so many great topics, that I thought I would share just a few with you that are covered in this book.
Managing Your Time and Schedules
Managing Your Home and Property
Managing Menus and Meals
Managing Relationships with Family and Friends
Managing Special Events
I was provided with a complimentary copy to review by Tyndale House Publishers and would highly recommend this book to anyone!
Practical Help for Working Couples
The Busy Couple's Guide to Sharing the Work & the Joy is a helpful resource for working couples. In this practical guide, Kathy tackles many common household issues, such as time management, housekeeping, meal planning, relationships, finances, and special events. Each chapter is filled with Kathy's trademark practicality and can-do optimism, as well as ideas to make your family life less stressed. (One of my favorite sidebars is the list of family-friendly iPhone apps, in which you'll discover such gems as "Sit and Squat"-an app that gives traveling families the nearest bathroom options, as well as stats on cleanliness and changing tables. Genius!) I also enjoyed her creative ideas for spending quality time with your kids.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Though some of the checklists and worksheets are a bit tedious, many of Kathy's common-sense tips are helpful, such as simple strategies to communicate with your spouse, simplify each room of your home, and delegate household tasks according to personality and availability.
As an added bonus, Kathy's husband, Bill, penned a men's perspective to each chapter, making this book a good resource for couples to read together.
If one of your New Year's resolutions is to experience more peace and order in your home, I can honestly recommend this book, along with any of the resources from Kathy Peel's Family Manager brand.
NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers.
Posted November 12, 2010
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