Family Inc: Office-Inspired Solutions to Reduce the Chaos in Your Home (and Save Your Sanity!)

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Does your work life "balance" feel anything but? Most people will probably tell you that you need to be more strict about separating your office and home lives, and WHATEVER YOU DO, DON'T TAKE THE OFFICE HOME WITH YOU! To this, husband-and-wife authors Caitlin and Andrew Friedman say: Think again! In Family Inc., they share how they were able to use the organizational strategies they'd relied on in their professional lives to bring the joy—and ...

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Family Inc: Office-Inspired Solutions to Reduce the Chaos in Your Home (and Save Your Sanity

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Overview

Does your work life "balance" feel anything but? Most people will probably tell you that you need to be more strict about separating your office and home lives, and WHATEVER YOU DO, DON'T TAKE THE OFFICE HOME WITH YOU! To this, husband-and-wife authors Caitlin and Andrew Friedman say: Think again! In Family Inc., they share how they were able to use the organizational strategies they'd relied on in their professional lives to bring the joy—and yes, the sanity—back into their home.

Caitlin and Andrew Friedman met while working at a thriving midsize PR firm. Fifteen years of marriage, twins, a house, and three career changes later, they found themselves overwhelmed by their daily responsibilities. In this invaluable guide to making your household run more smoothly, the Friedmans take readers step by step through a process of reenvisioning their domestic lives as well-run, successful business ventures. According to the Friedmans, by introducing such simple activities as family meetings, job descriptions, and regular "employee evaluations," it's amazing how simple and stress-free life suddenly can become. Using the tools offered in this book, you will soon see tensions eased, household tasks completed, and family downtime rediscovered.

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Many parents go from organized work environments to unlimited chaos at home. After experiencing that unruly ruckus for yours, the parent authors of this book decided to adapt office strategies to their home situations and household tasks.

Publishers Weekly
Girls Guide series coauthor Caitlin, and Andrew, an author and cookbook specialist, met and fell in love while both were employed at a public relations firm. They married, had twins, and soon found themselves overwhelmed with the responsibilities of work, marriage, and parenting. Their "aha" moment arrived when they realized their business lives were running much more smoothly than their home lives; that's when they decided to take a meeting, set up a to-do list, and apply their work skills to running a family. In this action-plan packed book they share how to apply workplace skills to family life, asserting, "every small home is essentially a small business." The authors encourage couples to clearly define, divide, and then take ownership of specific tasks while resisting the urge to micromanage (they note that a 50/50 division of labor is usually unachievable). Compromising, planning, delegating, goal-setting, and weekly and annual meetings, they reveal, are key elements that make both work places and home places happier and more efficient (i.e., hire a housecleaner and/or review your investments). Busy working parents will readily warm to the Friedmans' comprehensive plan for organizing and integrating family and career skills. (Jan.)
Library Journal
Professional writers and husband-and-wife team the Friedmans experienced what they call a "joint panic attack" and took back control of their chaotic home life by introducing common workplace standards such as job responsibilities, weekly meetings, and budget-reporting protocols. If that sounds like a trendy upper-class problem, consider that "forty years ago, there was no question about who was packing the school lunch …..or cooking the Sunday pot roast. These days, we…are all doing too much, [and the] upshot is that rather than adhering to outdated gender roles, every modern two-career couple has to determine a division of labor that works for them." The authors begin with a visionary session, asking the "team" to identify their own strengths, weaknesses, and goals. Readers are then instructed to identify all home and family tasks, including daily chores, such as school lunches, and yearly tasks, such as automobile registration renewals. After the mutually agreeable delegation is complete, readers are then advised on various ways to let go and not micromanage their partner. VERDICT For two-adult working families with young children, there is some solid advice here for staying on task. The book could have been condensed (advice for consulting a reputable financial planner and signing up for an IRA seems out of place), but, ultimately, this is a practical and useful tool for reining in the chaos.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585429424
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 12/27/2012
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 821,281
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Caitlin Friedman is best known for her Girl's Guide series (coauthored with Kimberly Yorio), which includes the bestselling titles The Girl's Guide to Starting Your Own Business and The Girl's Guide to Being the Boss (Without Being a Bitch). She has appeared on the Today show many times and been featured in multiple national publications including Time and Real Simple.

Andrew Friedman is the author Knives at Dawn: America's Quest for Culinary Glory at the Bocuse d'Or, the World's Most Prestigious Cooking Competition, and has collaborated on more than twenty books and cookbooks with many of the best chefs in America. As a sports writer, he is an editor at-large for TENNIS magazine and coauthor of American tennis star James Blake's New York Times bestselling memoir Breaking Back. He is also the founder and chief contributor to the website Toqueland.com.

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