The Family Manager Takes Charge: Getting on the Fast Track to a Happy, Organized Home

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 Being a mom means more than being a wife and parent-it also means being the household accountant, building manager, cook, gardener, housekeeper, and personal shopper-just to name a few of the roles that come with the territory! As America's "Family Manager," bestselling author Kathy Peel has shown millions of moms that running a household is like operating a business. Like any good C.E.O., every mother must know her goals, determine her strategies, and manage her human ...

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Overview

 Being a mom means more than being a wife and parent-it also means being the household accountant, building manager, cook, gardener, housekeeper, and personal shopper-just to name a few of the roles that come with the territory! As America's "Family Manager," bestselling author Kathy Peel has shown millions of moms that running a household is like operating a business. Like any good C.E.O., every mother must know her goals, determine her strategies, and manage her human resources.

Delegate-Motivate-Organize...Relax!
Every smart manager knows that success depends on teamwork. Kathy shows readers how to get kids and spouses to help around the house-with lots of practical advice and encouragement to get them motivated and keep them going.

Save Time, Money, and Your Sanity

With hundreds of time-saving, money-saving, and stress-reducing ideas, this indispensable handbook also shows readers how to take charge of running the home-without running themselves into the ground.

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Peel is already a household name because of her numerous books, Family Circle pieces, and television appearances. In this latest work, she again implements her trademark, businesslike approach to household management, showing readers how to motivate and teach the "home team" (the spouse and kids) about taking charge of meals and entertaining and managing household finances, among other tasks. Taking her cue from strong managers, she fosters teamwork to get the job done and, like other authors in this genre, mixes equal parts common sense, tried-and-true methods, and a few unique ideas. For example, comments on dinnertime and the suggestions for family conversation starters are refreshing. As with her earlier books, Peel's conversational tone and realistic picture of family life make the text easy to read, while her liberal use of sidebars and lists makes it both useable and browsable. Donna Smallin's Organizing Plain & Simple is a fine alternative where Peel's books have not been in demand. Recommended.-Bonnie Poquette, Shorewood P.L., WI Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399529139
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/2/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 944,311
  • Product dimensions: 7.58 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathy Peel is the bestselling author of fifteen books. In addition to being the founder and president of Family Manager, Kathy is a contributing editor to Family Circle magazine and also writes regularly for many other publications. She has appeared numerous times on national television programs, including Oprah, Good Morning America, The Today Show, and CNN's,  Daybreak.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2006

    NOT for working moms!

    I work full-time and have always managed the household as well, but now that my baby daughter has come along I am frazzled and strung out trying to balance the demands of home, family and work. I was eager to get a hold of this book and learn how to pull it all together. Ha! Right off the bat, in reading the introduction to Part 1, I found the first clue that this would not be the book for me... 'Of course, I can't tell you exactly how to manage every detail of your home... A lot of it has to do with the uniqueness of your family- the age of your children, how much laundry you do... and the amount of time you're *willing* to devote to the task' (emphasis mine). WILLING? It isn't a matter of how much time I'm *willing* to spend on any particular task (I'm willing to spend whatever time is needed to get things done, but that doesn't mean it's ever going to happen!), it's a matter of 'I have fifteen minutes now that the baby is asleep and before I have to balance the checkbook and pay the bills and start a load of laundry and finish the dishes. Should I treat myself and clip my way-too-long toenails or wash out the bathtub and scrub the toilet and let my toenails go for yet another week?' No, a book with a section called 'Potpourri and Sachet Essentials' ('Collect leaves, small pine cones, pieces of bark, acorns and flower petals and seed heads. You can also add cinnamon sticks...') isn't going to help me out. In fact, it feels a bit like a mashed carrot and rice cereal encrusted slap in the face. Kathy Peel, I'm glad you have time to make homemade potpourri. This family manager, though, is just looking for a few minutes to finally get those darn toenails done.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2003

    Gotta Love Her Zip!

    I love all of Kathy's books. This is a revised edition of one of her earlier ones and just as good. Her zip and energy for life is a thrill. She has the organizational skills and one of my other favorite authors, Jodie Lynn, who wrote, Mommy-CEO, has the parenting skills along with leadership skills that all moms have deep inside of us. I love them both and hope to one day see them together in a speaking engagement instead of seperate billings. Both are inspirational beyond wisdom and words. Good work ladies!

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