Tell us a little about yourself.
When I started writing and speaking 16 years ago, I felt like I could help other moms run their homes more smoothly, raise good kids, build a family team, balance competing time demands, etc. by sharing some things I had learned through a lot of research and even more trial-and-error. I felt pretty confident about my message because the principles and strategies were working, so far, in my own family. At that time, I had been married for 16 years, and my boys were ages 13, 9, and 2.
I founded a company (Family Manager Inc.) to inform, inspire and equip women in their valuable role as Mom and Family Manager.
What does being a Mom mean to you?
Being a Mom means more than being a wife and parent—it also means being the accountant, building manager, chauffer, cook, event planner, gardener, housekeeper, interior designer, organizer, and personal shopper—just to name a few of the roles that come along with the territory!
What do working moms need to know about managing a family?
A good manager knows that success depends on teamwork. You’ve got your very own in-house players, but you’ll need to know the methods to get your kids and spouse to help around the house. This is where you need practical advice and encouragement to get them motivated and keep them going. There are easy to implement ways to:
- Conquer clutter and keep up with housework
- Reduce arguing and promote peace
- Stop procrastinating
- Carve out time every day for things that matter most
- Be the wife, mother, friend and neighbor God wants you to be
And of course, save time, money and your sanity!
Why did you write The Family Manager Takes Charge: Getting on the Fast Track to a Happy, Organized Home?
My goal for writing this book is part of my over-arching goal and what I feel is my God-given purpose: to strengthen families and help busy moms make their home a great place to be. I am constantly looking for ways to get helpful information into the hands of busy moms. I do this through writing books and magazine articles, speaking at conferences and conventions, plus I do a ton of television and radio interviews. (Over 100 in the past 2 months.)
Tell us about your favorite Family Manager success story.
Last summer my husband and I celebrated our 32nd anniversary, our kids are 29, 25, and 18, we have a very close, loving family. I feel like now I can say with unflinching authority: I know this stuff works!
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Kathy Peel is the best-selling author of seventeen books. She has appeared numerous times on national television and radio programs, including Oprah, Good Morning America, The Today Show, and CNN’s Daybreak and Focus on the Family Radio. Kathy is a Contributing Editor of Family Circle Magazine.
For more information about Family Manager Inc. see www.familymanager.com
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