A new method for taking on “the ultimate time-management project.”
In her latest self-help book, Morgenstern (SHED Your Stuff, Change Your Life: A Four-Step Guide to Getting Unstuck, 2008, etc.), an internationally recognized organization consultant who has appeared on Oprah, Today, and other outlets, tackles parenting. To make comprehension easier, the author uses acronyms to break down the subject into eight manageable areas: provide, arrange, relate, and teach, followed by sleep, exercise, love, and fun. The first four areas are geared toward the child, whether it’s providing food and a home, sharing teachable moments, or arranging/scheduling a doctor’s appointment. The second four sections are for parents, so they can experience life independent of their roles as mom or dad—and have it long before the child leaves the nest. Morgenstern provides readers with several assessment tests to help parents discover the areas where they might be under- or overperforming. “No matter how practiced you are at the eight responsibilities in P.A.R.T. and S.E.L.F., what’s actually required of parents is the ability to continuously and seamlessly transition among all eight roles, and that’s tougher than it looks,” writes the author. “Like a master juggler who effortlessly tosses bowling pins…to a specific height at a specific arc and rhythm, so, too, must parents hone the essential time-management muscles that allow you to switch among eight roles while keeping every single one in motion.” As we all know, parenting is a daunting task, but Morgenstern’s bite-size, achievable goals and skill levels are simple to digest. Backed by scientific data and personal experience, the book is full of straightforward advice presented in an intriguing way. It will appeal especially to those who like to-do lists and find joy in checking off items as they are accomplished.
A multipart common-sense approach to parenting that addresses a wide variety of the issues parents face in their complex lives.