A really practical handbook on how to bring together those who want to serve and those who want to be served. -- Ann B. Davis, actress, played Alice on The Brady Bunch
An important concept, often overlooked. Not taking this advice may be more expensive than you think. -- Richard Carlson, author of Dont Sweat the Small Stuff
Hiring a housekeeper...allows time for women to explore new opportunities. -- ForeWord Magazine, September 2000
This book offers important guidelines for getting additional support in the home. -- John Gray, Ph.D., author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus
About the Author
Kathy Fitzgerald Sherman has employed household help of various kinds for nearly 20 years, successfully using management skills she developed during a high-tech career in Silicon Valley. Like millions of mothers everywhere, Kathy struggles to balance career, childrearing, and homemaking. She finds that delegating housework to a paid employee is the only workable solution to this challenge.
After earning a bachelors degree in computer science and mathematics in 1978, Kathy worked in the computer industry, holding positions in engineering, sales, and management. In 1986, she formed Results Unlimited, a motivational speaking and seminar business specializing in personal effectiveness. She teaches others to define goals consistent with their values, interests, and priorities and to use their skills and resources to achieve those goals.
Taking her own advice, Kathy changed the form of her business after her first child was born in 1988. Instead of leading seminars on personal effectiveness, she began writing about the topic from home. But her plan to have it all wasnt workingthere simply werent enough hours in the day to meet all of her responsibilities, and her husband wasnt interested in pitching in. After an epiphany in which she noticed her teenage babysitter playing with her kids while she folded laundry, she swapped her once-a-week cleaning service and occasional babysitter for a twenty-hour-a-week housekeeper. The life transformation that followed inspired her to write A Housekeeper Is Cheaper Than a Divorce.
An award-winning writer and speaker, Kathy has been published in newspapers including The Christian Science Monitor, parenting magazines including Bay Area Parent and Big Apple Parent, and business and computer magazines. She also moderates several on-line discussion groups for parents.
Kathy grew up in Utica, New York, and graduated from the University of Scranton, in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two children, ages 9 and 11.