Time To Parent: Organizing Your Life To Bring Out the Best in Your Child and You

352p. Holt. Sept. 2018. pap. $18. ISBN 9781627797436.
What more common emotion for parents to experience than doubt, says best-selling author Morgenstern (Organizing from the Inside Out). They must balance the impossible: raising humans and being human. Here, the professional organizer and time-management coach offers the book she craved as her children grew up, a guide to organizing the job of parenting that allows moms and dads to spend more time with their kids, partners, friends, and for self-care by carefully prioritizing their limited hours. According to the author, a lack of clarity often leads to time clutter, which hijacks our time, steals our focus, and results in neglect of not only our children but our own needs. A self-assessment section aids readers in zeroing in on strengths and struggles, with Morgenstern emphasizing a growth-and-presence perspective and providing a multitude of time-saving strategies across the age spectrum to combat the need for perfection that too often paralyzes parents.
VERDICT Morgenstern's many fans will appreciate the organizational insights she brings to the parenting arena as well as the concrete ideas for finding more time for family and self-care.Julia M. Reffner, Richmond, VA

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