THE COOPERATING FAMILY: How Your Children Can Help Manage the Household by Eleanor Berman

THE COOPERATING FAMILY: How Your Children Can Help Manage the Household

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The Berman Experiment, or how one working mother discovered that her children--fifteen, thirteen, and ten--could successfully tackle the household chores: not exactly an original idea but explicitly described here for others to imitate. When Berman, divorced, took a full-time job, her children volunteered to take over meal plans, then moved naturally to food shopping, and their resourcefulness and fine menus (filet of sole with mornay sauce, coquilles St. Jacques) were commendable. Included here, along with hints for mother (""be generous with praise""--three times on one list) and favorite Berman family recipes, are discussions of the problem areas generally encountered (emergencies, afterschool activities, budgeting, scofflaws) and testimony from parents and children who have learned to divvy up the housework--not token assignments but meaningful contributions. Appealing to full-time homemakers as well as working mothers, this is a viable set of guidelines with obvious benefits all around.

Pub Date: Sept. 9th, 1977
Publisher: Prentice-Hall