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The Family Manager's Guide To Summer Survival: Make the Most of Summer Vacation with Fun Family Activities, Games, and More! Paperback – April 1, 2006

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Fair Winds Press; Rev. and Updated Ed edition (April 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592332005
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592332007
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,104,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kathy Peel is the president and founder of Family Manager, Inc. She is the author of eighteen books with more than two million copies sold. Peel has served as a contributing editor to Family Circle for more than twelve years and has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs, including repeat appearances on Oprah, The Today Show, Good Morning America, and The Early Show. She is frequently asked to endorse products for the home. She lives in Dallas, Texas.

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.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Joni on April 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
I'm psyched for summer. I'm a SAHM and just read this tonight (I did do a lot of skimming as far as the actual crafts and stuff but read all the introductory text in each section).

I have no idea why someone would say this is geared toward working moms. There is a part in the beginning saying how to ADAPT it to working moms, but most if it deals with what to do with your kids on a day-to-day basis in the summer to help them entertain themselves (and avoid the "I'm bored" monster) along with teaching different values and focusing on different areas of their growth. I actually don't think it would work that great for working moms - did I miss something?!

There is a lot that I skipped over, such as how to help them earn money doing different summer jobs, and with any "list" type book of tips and ideas, there are some I already knew and a lot I probably won't use. However, just the craft part alone is worth the cost of the book. I got it from the library but am on here right now finding a copy to own so I can highlight and dog ear.

There are many many craft ideas that are actually cheap, unlike a lot of craft books and magazines that require you to buy special expensive ingredients and ending up with crafts that the kids can't even make well so the parent ends up taking over. The ingredients in here that look like they might be costly are used over and over again so at least you are not buying a big box of something like Borax or liquid starch and only using a tablespoon. And the crafts seem to be easy enough for the age range of 6-9 that I'm looking for. There are enough crafts that I'm interested in that I actually think it would take several summers to do them all!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Allain on June 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
Sure kids need some time to relax over the summer but quickly become bored. What's a busy parent to do ?

I was delighted to discover this book after reading about in in the Maine Sunday Telegram. The author advises really listening to your children's input on what excites them, but also wants the parent to offer suggestions and set limits.

A child may think watching cartoons non-stop makes a fun summer. This book gives ideas (tennis, hiking, other exercise or structured programs). I highly recommend investigating the free programs at your local public library. They might be able to lure your child into reading for pleasure (or reward).

The book wants you to get resourceful and creative with your children. Learn origami or stamp collecting or take turns with other parents teaching the children new skills.

The author also suggests a designated "pickup time" each day to gather up the toys and do a 10-minute clean up. Great idea!

There are lots of things to do in the summer with children and many are inexpensive. Turn off the TV and turn on your family to having fun together this summer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Samana Siddiqui on April 28, 2009
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If you're familiar with Kathy Peel's other books and enjoy them, then go ahead and add this one to your list of favorites. In her usual style, Peel uses accessible language, tips-oriented material and a sprinkling of Scripture to help parents, especially mothers, maximize summer's free days and nights.

While she offers hundreds of great ideas for activities and projects kids can take on, I felt the strength of the book was really in the first few chapters, where she helps parents draft a plan focusing on four areas of development to hone skills in over the summer: intellectual, physical, social and spiritual. She also encourages moms and dads to consult their kids to ensure that they're on board as well.

This book is suitable for stay-at-home and working parents. The ideas can be adjusted to any family's needs and schedule. For example, choosing a summer camp is relevant to both types of parents, which is a topic she devotes some pages to.

Another useful chapter is the last, which focuses on how to build a child's character. Although this one is the most Christian-focused, it still offers ideas parents of other faiths can adjust and adapt to their needs. It's also a subject many parents miss as we cart our kids from one activity to another in a quest to make their summer as memorable as possible.

This book is a wonderful addition to the family library and offers parents an easy reference guide to summer fun, while providing a bigger picture often absent in other guides.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany on May 24, 2011
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This book contains some great ideas for getting your summer organized. I can't tell you how many times August has rolled around and I'd wished I had gotten more done with my children. This book will help you organize your time and activities in a way that works for you.
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