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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Picket Fence Press (December 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414316208
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414316208
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,201,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Are you married to your housekeeping opposite? Do you get frustrated doing more than your “fair share”? Would you like to stress less and enjoy your family more?
Kathy Peel, America’s Family Manager and award-winning author, can help make it happen! The Busy Couple’s Guide to Sharing the Work & the Joy offers sound advice and immediate actions that will restore joy to your marriage and order to your home. You’ll learn:
  • ways to reconnect the ties that bind when life tugs you in different directions
  • tools to fairly divvy up “yours, mine, and ours” for parenting and household duties
  • guidelines to negotiate his-and-her preferences for money management, holiday celebrations, and other touchy issues
  • steps to stronger faith as a couple and a family
  • advice for men on mistakes they can avoid—from Bill Peel
The Busy Couple’s Guide to Sharing the Work & the Joy is your new go-to resource for a home you will be glad to go home to.
Kathy Peel is founder and CEO of Family Manager, a company that trains women in the art of family management. Her 21 books have sold more than 2 million copies—the latest of which are The Busy Mom’s Guide to a Happy, Organized Home (winner of the 2009 Gold Mom’s Choice Award) and Desperate Households. Besides her weekly Family Manager blog on ParentDish, Kathy is AOL’s Family Coach, a popular social media guest expert, and on the board of experts for Parenting and InternetSafety.com. You may also find her in FamilyFun, All You, Woman’s World, Real Simple, and HomeLife. A popular keynote speaker and media personality, Kathy has appeared on programs such as Oprah, The Early Show, The Today Show, and HGTV.

More About the Author

Kathy Peel is CEO of Family Manager Inc., 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 Couple's Guide to Sharing the Work & 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, HomeLife, and ParentDish. A popular speaker and media personality with repeat appearances on programs such as Oprah, The Early Show, The Today Show, and HGTV.

Visit Kathy Peel's Web site: www.familymanager.com

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I really enjoyed reading this book and gleaned helpful tips and ideas to implement within my own household.
The Homeschool Marm
Luckily, Kathy Peel - aka "America's Family Manager" - has written this book to help couples navigate the fine lines of delegation without ending up in battle!
HipStitchNC
I highly recommend this book if you are looking to establish a bit more balance in your life and in your marriage.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Homeschool Marm on February 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
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. -Tyndale Publishers

Kathy Peel, America's Family Manager, offers practical advice and solutions for families seeking to create a climate of order and productivity within their homes.

Kathy provides helpful guidelines for the Seven Family Manager Departments -
* Time and Scheduling
* Home and Property
* Menus and Meals
* Family and Friends
* Finances
* Special Events
* Self-Management

Each chapter is filled with ideas, tips, encouragement, and helpful charts for delegating family responsibilities as well as planning and journaling short and long term family goals.

The Busy Couple's Guide to Sharing the Work and the Joy, is a wonderful resource on the art of family management. I really enjoyed reading this book and gleaned helpful tips and ideas to implement within my own household.

Review Disclaimer: Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this resource for review purposes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Dear on January 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book asks the question "Can a loving, understanding couple turn into monsters that devour themselves and their young?"Although there is sort of an assumption that it's a woman who picks up this book and "gets" her husband to read it, it is pretty man-friendly. After the intro, it has nine extensive sections. The book would be easy to read on an emergency basis, say, turning straight to the Food/Menu section when your life seems likes it's going to fall apart if the dinner situation doesn't get taken care of... Although the topics are different, the chapters are set up in a similar way. The book is meant to be used together, as a couple- a team running a family together. In this vein, each chapter has tasks for the couple to do together to better understand where they are, and where they want to go. These tasks include "His Normal/Her Normal- Our New Normal," and "Assess your Stress." Other powerful tools in the book are questions (with answers too), letters from the man's point of view, and sidebars full of quick tips.One topic of family responsibility that I didn't really think of was "Special Events." I hadn't realized how much time, effort and planning goes into not only holidays and birthdays, but also the logistics of thank you cards, extended family dynamics, play date's allergies, and dentist appointments. I think this book could be a great help to couples that are willing to work together. I think it would work even better- really well as a pre-marital book to read and study together when that kind of planning and talk talk talking is expected.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Mohring on January 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
I must admit - the title of this book both excited me AND turned me off a little when I first saw it. So I was intrigued. Throw in the question on the back of the book - "Are you married to your housekeeping opposite?," and I was ready to read.

Yes, I am married to my housekeeping opposite. I am the messy one. My hubby is the neat and organized one. We're still working through that one.

And I was intrigued because #1 - "sharing the work" is not really what we're going for here and #2 - "sharing the joy" sounds fabulous!

I am the one staying home and my husband is in the middle of medical school. Of course, I am going to be doing SIGNIFICANTLY more of the work at home and THAT IS HOW I WANT IT. Not that he doesn't do anything here, but I do not expect him to do laundry, clean the house, cook, etc. He takes wonderful care of our finances, cars, house, etc.

And after reading, that is the point of this book. Communication. Playing to strengths and weaknesses. Having a plan, but being flexible.

"Sharing the work" looks different for every couple, so this book has lots of workbook type features for couples to sit down and figure out their situation together - questionnaires, schedules, lists and so on.

And lots of advice from both the author, Kathy Peel, and her husband Bill. Little tips are here and there throughout the book. Lots of personal experience is shared. And faith is at the center of it all.

The book is all about "creating a smoothly running, low-stress home" and who doesn't want that? I WANT THAT!

Now, I will admit that some couples have this all figured out - so if you consider yourself an organized family, you probably don't need this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Casey Stertz on January 11, 2010
Format: Paperback
Kathy Peel in her book seeks to help a person manage the life of their family and to share the responsibilities of the family among all the members. The book covers many aspects of life from managing finances, household chores, meal planning, and even how to manage special events such as birthday parties, holiday celebrations, ect. . .

Kathy shares some great tips on how to manage almost every aspect of your life like activities to do with your children that don't cost a lot and how to save money at the supermarket. One chapter I thought helpful in these challenging economic times was her chapter on managing finances in general. She has worksheets to complete which helps a person put into practice her ideas. She also shares stories of people that have struggled with some of these areas and how she has or would help them. There are many helpful things in this book: from the real life accounts of people (it is nice to know that you are not the only one struggling), to the many different worksheets to help you complete as a family.

While the book brought out many helpful tips and practical ideas, I wouldn't recommend sitting down and reading the book all in one sitting. I think it would be better to read a chapter a week so you have more time to focus on certain areas. While the book also shares some good Bible principles it is not a book meant to change your heart. In other words, there are great ideas here from a Christian perspective but the book is not a Bible teaching manuel.

I would recommend this book to others if you are looking for great practical advice and tips on managing your life with less stress.

I received a free copy of "The Busy Couples Guide to Sharing the Work and the Joy" from Tyndale Publishing for the purpose of reviewing.
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