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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Shaw Books (March 7, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877884722
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877884729
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" A book I will be reffering to for the rest of my parenting years."
- Jonni McCoy, Miserly Moms

From the Inside Flap

Does your child know how to use a check book? Boil an egg? Do the laundry? Read a map? Homeschooler Christine Field helps parents systematically teach kids - from preschool to the teen years - what they need to know to thrive as adults.

More About the Author

Are you an imperfect mom longing for some grace in the messiness of family life?

These things I know for all of us:

God's grace is available to us each moment, in every circumstance.
We can know peace in the midst of chaos and pain.
Strength is available to us as God's beloved.
Even when life doesn't make sense, Jesus is in it.

These are true for you and these are true for me. I too am a wife (to Mark) and a mom (to four mostly-grown kids). I am also a speaker, writer, lawyer and chief listener wherever I go. I love to encourage imperfect moms to find grace in the messiness of modern family life. The joy of my life is to bring down-to-earth help and come-alongside-you hope to hurting moms and harried parents.

Whatever challenge you are facing, you are never alone.

My books, printed materials and the products I recommend meet you where you are. Thank you for letting me walk alongside you in this amazing journey of motherhood. It grows us. It pains us. It can also astonish us.

Please visit my website at http://realmomlife.com






Customer Reviews

I read an excerpt of this book on a homeschooling website.
Shannon
The premise of the book is that parents need specific direction in preparing their young ones for adult life in the real world.
Edward J. Vasicek
We have homeschooled since the beginning and this book has been a great asset.
Kathleen

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218 of 219 people found the following review helpful By Edward J. Vasicek on February 27, 2001
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While listening to Moody Radio's "Mid-day Connection," I was impressed by the program's guest, former attorney and now stay-at-home mom Christine Field. She answered callers questions about child-rearing and development with such wisdom I decided I must read her book.

"Life Skills for Kids" is most appropriate for those who have children from toddler age to about age 12. The premise of the book is that parents need specific direction in preparing their young ones for adult life in the real world.

Rather than "subcontracting" our children to others, Field advocates taking the bull the horns and offering our children plenty of direction. The book is arranged around fourteen, "Maxims of Maturity." In short, they are:

1. Responsibility begins in small things, and it should be timed well. 2. Children must learn to get along with others and to resolve and manage conflict on their own. 3. Everyone lives somewhere. We need to take care of that place. 4. It's a big and sometimes uncertain world, and our children need to know how to navigate it safely. 5. We must use our time wisely. 6. We need to manage our work and living space wisely. 7. Things break and need maintenance. The more we can learn to do on our own, the more self-reliant we will be. 8. Money: either we learn to handle it or it will handle us. 9. Each of us has only one body, we need to learn to take care of it. 10. A brain is a valuable thing. We should aim to make it work at peak performance. 11. If God is not the center of our life, it will ultimately be unsatisfying. 12. The more decisions we make, the better decision makers we become. 13. We can all develop and nourish creativity. 14. Celebrate, rejoice and be glad! This day is all we have.
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104 of 106 people found the following review helpful By Shannon on June 6, 2001
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I read an excerpt of this book on a homeschooling website. It seemed like it may be a useful tool to help me equip my children. I ordered it, read it, re-read it, highlighted in 2 colors (yellow for good points and pink for actions to be taken), asked my husband to read it and I have loaned it to everyone I think would benefit from it. I even wrote a review of it for my homeschool support group newsletter. I love this book.
Christine Field has VERY practical suggestions you can customize to fit your family that will YIELD RESULTS. My kids, ages 7 & 9, can now govern their time over chores and schoolwork without any nagging from me because we followed some practical tips in the book. We have a lot of projects in this book yet to tackle but I am confident my money was wisely spent on this superb guide.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 4, 2002
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I had the chance to meet the author of this book at a recent homeschool conference and was blown away by her practical ideas! This woman is not big on ideology or theory...she gets down to the practical matters at hand. Yeah for her! You will love this book if you are looking for ways to involve your children in the real world classroom.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 28, 2002
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This is a great resource for parents who want to teach their children what they'll really need to know. Everything from finances to cooking to simple repairs to hygeine is included...and for ALL ages! It's a book I refer to often!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By a homeschooling mom on August 4, 2006
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I just got this book and cannot put it down -- Christine offers such EXCELLENT, easy to implement, practical ideas for teaching kids the everyday skills they need to get through life. Highly recommended!
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245 of 355 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 18, 2003
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It is important for buyers to know that this book has a decidedly Christian perspective, something that I did not cull from the descriptions, the reader reviews or the table of contents. There are bible quotes throughout including a whopper on page 248 "The Bible is clear that homosexuality is a perversion. For scripture study see..." The resources listed in the index are largely materials written by Christian groups. This book was not my cup of tea. For others it may certainly be what they are looking for but buyers should be aware of this book's Christian leaning.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen on February 8, 2014
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I have 3 kids ages 16, 14, and 9--- this book is fantastic and reminds me of things I might not have thought to cover before they leave the house! We have homeschooled since the beginning and this book has been a great asset. Thanks for writing it. As a past publisher for a local parenting magazine, II wish I had found this sooner...
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Multilingual family on February 3, 2013
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There are good ideas in this book. However, it is full of biblical notes which is very annoying. She should have mentioned that this is a book targeting Christians.
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