19 January 2010

The Busy Couple's Guide

The Busy Couple's Guide to Sharing the Work and the Joy by Kathy Peel 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 homeschool seems likes it's going to fall apart if the dinner situation doesn't get taken care of...

The sections are:
-"The Business of Doing Family"
-Time and Schedule
-Home and Property
-Menus and Meals
-Managing Relationships
-Special Events
-Managing Yourself
-Family Team-Building

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.

I did this book review for Mama Buzz. I received a copy of The Busy Couple's Guide to Sharing the Work and the Joy for free from Tyndale House. It's valued at $16.99.

I'm so pleased you are reading Higher Education!
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Teresa (Tracy) Dear

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