- Paperback: 136 pages
- Publisher: Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing (April 6, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1932279687
- ISBN-13: 978-1932279689
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,882,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Home Office Parent: Raising Kids and Profits Under One Roof Paperback – April 6, 2007
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GOOD ADVICE, EFFECTIVELY PRESENTED: Readers know they are in good hands when
---The chapters cover the high tension essentials, with no padding and plenty of straight talking. The chapters include Laptops, Literacy, and Lunacy; The Reason & the Reality Behind the Choice; You May be Ready But are They?; The Kid Factor; In Business & In Balance; Boundaries You Need to Set & Stick To; Get The Help You Need; The Spousal Perspective; The Office Factor; The Big Picture; You Are an Enigma; and Profits & Playdoh & Peace.
-- Each chapter is helpfully organized: the challenge, the practical steps for meeting the challenge, success exercises, key concepts, and the wonderful section on survival strategies
-- The writing has humor, outstanding readability, and sticks to those memory banks. It is 125 pages long---long enough to pack in what the parent needs but not academic, tedious, or the almost unfinishable size of "The Rise & Fall of the Roman Empire."
-- The approach has been been tested, checked, tried, and polished to a brilliant whole through Kalita's personal experience and the experiences of the hundreds of other home-office parents who have learned from her workshops.
-- Knowledgable groups and experts offer high praise for "The Home Office Parent." Examples are The Arizona Institute for Early Child Development, The National Association of Baby Boomer Women, and Christine Hohlbaum, author of "Diary of a Mother."
Since 2007, I have given "What to expect when you are expecting," a big soft washable baby blanket, and "The Home Office Parent" to anticipating & new parents. This book has unfailingly been appreciated, for home office and also non-home office famlies.
ANY READER ALERTS? None. "The Home Office Parent" is an honest, positive approach to combining great parenting with earning a living through a home office. What business to select, however, is up to the reader as it should be. Kalita is talking about how to put the two missions together not whether this business or that is better for this parent in this specific community. Home office parents need to know themselves, know their market, and develop a sound business plan---and there are other books (remember the classic, "What Color is Your Parachute") to guide their personal home business choices.
IN SUMMARY: Highly recommended and a great value!
This brilliant writer provides home office parents with a practical guide to home office parenthood. Her tone is real, her advice true. I found myself acknowledged within the first pages of her book. Being a home-based businesswoman with small children, I was on the writer's side from the moment I cracked the cover. Her witty, smart writing reeled me in and I was hers the moment she claimed home office parenting is a synergistic lifestyle assembled with tears, temporary insanity, mind-numbing tedium and a full-blown case of mutual respect. It is the basis of the entire operation.
My favorite lines include:
"Check your superman/superwoman complex at the door, and accept this truth [that you cannot be a perfect parent and perfect business person simultaneously]."
"You need to watch a movie and eat a bag of pretzels sometimes..." As simple as it sounds, we all need to hear this every now and then.
For anyone who wants to shout out "Just because I'm home doesn't mean I'm available," will find themselves in this book. Even better, they will find a way to improve their best practices to return to the joy borne of their decision to work from home in the first place. I highly recommend this book to anyone who's ever thought working from home would be a cakewalk.