Saturday, April 18, 2009

Do Your HomeWork

The Old Schoolhouse Magazine’s E-book, HomeWork, Juggling Home, Work and School Without Losing Your Balance, should have been subtitled, “A Super Heroine’s Guide to Everything”. The book, which unveils the business and organizational secrets of sixteen self-employed homeschooling Supermom’s, contains a collection of success stories and tips on everything from scheduling to homeschooling and running a family business while you sleep.

The articles are grouped according to similarity and subject matter. Written in a conversational style that makes the reader feel like she is both talking to the girl next door and getting information from an expert, the stories offer a variety of ideas that work for any family, whether they are highly structured homeschoolers or less structured un-schoolers. The businesses featured employ all or few family members but the innovation of the parents/business owners both appeals to one’s sense of awe and one’s confidence in their own ability to become a “mom-preneur” - as one essayist nicknamed it.

Though the quality of the writing varied from excellent to fair throughout the publication, the plethora of information included in each was very helpful.

Of personal interest to this reviewer were the parents of challenged children, such as Rebekah Wilson, author of “Hope Chest” who didn’t even mean to start a business but had her book publishing effort snowball into a giant opportunity. Just as interesting was the testimony of the owner of Kap and Pen Productions, who networked with another homeschooling author to publish and write books for boys and girls. Next, the article about Shalom Ranch Ministries tells how the Sherwoods used ingenuity to create multiple small business endeavors which blossomed into association with renowned Attachment Therapist, Nancy Thomas, whose materials have helped this reviewer and many other parents of special needs and/or adoptive children. Last, but not least, Jill Novak of Remembrance Press tells how she came home to work leaving a job as a graphic designer in a major Christian publishing house and turned to self-publishing Art and Nature curriculum as well as learning new skills with html coding and computer technology.

What stood out the most in the stories was that even though these moms were accomplishing great feats of organization and successful business ventures, they were each able to do so with humility and a heart of service to their families, something many Christian women desire to do but don’t know how to put into practice. The women in these stories shared the, good, the bad and the ugly as far as the mistakes and wise choices they made when beginning a business. Though some stories brought out aspects of having a home business that seem undesirable and overwhelming, the overall feeling felt by this reviewer in the end was encouragement that it is possible to successfully supplement the family income without subtracting oneself from the family home or neglecting the training and education of one’s children.

For this reviewer and all future Supermoms, this book should be on the must-have, must-read list! HomeWork, Juggling Home, Work and School Without Losing Your Balance earns a five star rating here!

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1 comment:

Tiffany said...

That sounds like a book that would be an interesting read even if you are not interested in a home business. I am seriously disorganized but long to have my house run like clock work!