Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The Busy Couple's Guide to Sharing the Work & the Joy by Kathy Peel

I have to admit that I have not completely read through this book - yet - but I do intend to.  It just seemed like such a perfect book for a family to start off a new year with - developing new habits in the way they schedule housework and fun - so I wanted to share right away.  This book certainly ties right in with my goal to SIMPLIFY our lives and our household this year.

Truthfully, I wish someone had given me this book 19 years - before I got married.  It's amazing how, over the years, you can realize how very different you are from your spouse when it comes to your thoughts and ideas on how things should be managed in your household.  Much of that stems from upbringing.  In The Busy Couple's Guide ... Kathy Peel talks you through all that.  The book even includes worksheets to work through with your spouse that will help you discuss your thoughts on certain areas and why you feel that way.  It will help you learn how to best join your ideas into one way that will be workable for both of you, and your whole family. 

One area that I admit that I struggle in is getting my children to help with daily chores around the house.  I don't know why - I just have trouble designating responsibilities out (I guess because I'm particular about how things get done).  In any case, this book helps with that!  I also hate talking about money (Brian though, who is a bookkeeper, loves it).   This book helps with that as well - there are discussion ideas for discovering your family's "financial policy", seven financial mistakes to avoid,  and various worksheets to lead your family to financial success (without stress).

Some other areas of this book that I'm looking forward to reading more in depth are the managing relationships with family and friends and managing YOURSELF (I need that one!)

This is a book that you can pick up and read through from beginning and end, or you can pick and choose which sections you want to read, in which order, depending on your immediate needs.  Men will appreciate the extra notes dispersed throughout the book, compliments of Kathy's husband, Bill Peel.  Another fun feature are the extra tidbits of information in the sidebars of the book - these are under headings such as "from the heart", "good to know", "smart move", "tech tip", and "caution!" 

If you want to start 2010 off with some new habits for your family - things to make your lives and your household more manageable, then I would recommend The Busy Couple's Guide to Sharing the Work & the Joy

Here is some more information about the book and it's author:
Cover: The Busy Couple's Guide to Sharing the Work and the Joy List Price: 16.99
ISBN: 978-1-4143-1620-8
Trim Size: 6 7/8 x 9 1/4
Binding: Softcover
Release: January 2010

Are you married to your housekeeping opposite? Feeling overworked and underappreciated? Struggling to agree on how a house “should” be run? America’s Family Manager and award-winning author Kathy Peel can help! In The Busy Couple’s Guide to Sharing the Work and the Joy, Kathy offers a much-needed look at a common area of division between couples: running a household. You’ll find tools to fairly divvy up parenting and household duties; teambuilding techniques for surviving and thriving amidst financial downturns; and steps to growing stronger in your faith as a family. Plus special “advice to guys” in each chapter from Bill Peel! This book is packed full of empowering steps you can take today to restore joy to your marriage, order to your home, and peace to daily life.

Kathy Peel is founder and CEO of Family Manager, a company that trains women in the art of family management. She has written 21 books, selling more than 2 million copies. Her latest works are The Busy Couples Guide to Sharing the Work and the Joy, The Busy Mom's Guide to a Happy, Organized Home (winner of the 2009 Gold Mom's Choice Award) and Desperate Households. She is AOL's Kids & Family Coach, and she contributes to many publications, including FamilyFun, Parents, Woman's World, Family Circle, and HomeLife. A popular speaker and media personality, Kathy's Family Manager makeover stories have appeared on programs such as Oprah, The Early Show, The Today Show, and HGTV.

NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers, in exchange for my honest thoughts on it.

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