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Simplify Your Life With Kids : 100 Ways to make Family Life Easier and More Fun [Hardcover]

By Elaine St James (Author), St James (Author) & Deborah Ed. St James (Author)
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Item description for Simplify Your Life With Kids : 100 Ways to make Family Life Easier and More Fun by Elaine St James, St James & Deborah Ed. St James...

Simplicity expert Elaine St. James, author of "Simplify Your Inner Life", has a solution for beleaguered parents everywhere. "Simplify Your Life with Kids" offers practical, down-to-earth advice for the vital, time-demanding, perplexing issues that all parents face. St. James explores such topics for simplifying family life as making mealtime fun, stopping tantrums, establishing a simple bedtime routine, and more.

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Simplify With Kids takes the simplicity movement to its next logical step and is a simple, step-by-step guide for minimizing the distractions that make life with kids a never-ending battle with the clock, our nerves, and with our innate desire to create happy, healthy lives. Contrary to misperceptions, you don't have to drop out to simplify your life; you don't have to move to the woods to simplify your life; you don't have to move across town to simplify your life. Applying the same successful formula that made St. James' s previous books bestsellers, Simplify With Kids offer practical, down-to-earth advice in one to three page narratives for each of one hundred issues -- vital, perplexing, time-demanding issues that all parents face. Based on personal experience with their children and stepchildren, on the letters received from thousands of readers, and on the information gleaned from focus groups, seminars, and media interviews with people around the country, Simplify With Kids addresses all the areas of family life that need simplifying:

The Daily Routine

The Stuff We And Our Kids Accumulate

Family Issues such as discipline, conflict, sibling rivalry, in-laws

Single Parenting


School And Homework

Leisure Activities


Traveling With Kids

Special Needs Of Infants, Toddlers, Older Children, And Teenagers

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Pages   384
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 6.75"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 1997
Publisher   Andrews McMeel Publishing
ISBN  0836235959  
ISBN13  9780836235951  

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More About Elaine St James, St James & Deborah Ed. St James

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Elaine St James currently resides in Santa Barbara, in the state of California.

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1Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Social Sciences > Sociology > Marriage & Family
2Books > Subjects > Parenting & Families > Family Relationships > General
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Reviews - What do customers think about Simplify Your Life With Kids : 100 Ways to make Family Life Easier and More Fun?

Best Organizational Book I've found for people with kids!  Aug 7, 2006
Organizing our lives are difficult enough, but adding kids to the equation makes it almost impossible! This book offers practical solutions and advice on how to get organized so you've got more time to do what's really important - spend with your kids! The chapters are short and the language is easy to read which is great for those of us who are sleep deprived or just short on time. I highly recommend this book!
A must have household guide for anyone with kids  May 29, 2006
This is a wonderful book. It has very short, 3-4 page "chapters" on differt topics. The book is broken into sensible sections on topics that anyone with kids struggles with (the workload, discipline strategies, etc.). It is very simple to read and you can skip to the section that applies or appeals to you that day. Plus, it's a really cute little book.
Terribly Disappointing  Jan 25, 2004
I guess this book falls into the category of "never take parenting advice from someone who never had children". I bought this book because I LOVED "Simplify your life" by this author. I found it very helpful. This book, however, was mostly confounding and fairly depressing. While St. James *did* seek out advice from her friends who had children, these friends apparently take a very 'hands off' approach to their kids.

The book opens with a scenario in which a mother has forgotten to pick up her child and the child is stranded somewhere late in the evening while she tries to figure out a way to get someone else to go pick him up now that she's home and needs to make dinner. This did not bode well for the rest of the book [for those of us who don't routinely completely forget about our children and leave them alone in public places late at night....]

Much of the advice in this book falls into the category of "simplify your life with children by paying someone else to deal with the little brats". There is much about how parents should put their children in day care all day [and don't EVER let your child think they have the ability to cause you to delay your departure because of their pathetic tears, etc, etc, etc] and then get a sitter to care for the children in the evenings so mom can have "Me" time and parents can have "Us" time. Apparently, if you schedule 2 hours of "quality time" on Sunday afternoon with your kids, that's really all they need.

There was also a big push to teach the kids "self sufficiency" - as in, your 5 year old really can get his own breakfast so he doesn't "bother" you. I'm all for self sufficient kids and encouraging my children to be strong and independant, but too much of this book was geared towards forcing your kids to basically survive without any parental assistance or interaction - yeah... I guess that would be simplier than actually caring for your kids yourself. At least until they turn 13 and get put in jail for shooting up the school or something.

There were a few good ideas in this book, but not nearly enough to warrant wading through all the bad parenting advice and depressing disregard for children's well being. "Shelter for the Spirit" by Victoria Moran includes some great chapters on re-prioritizing and simplifying that are very child-friendly and would lead to strong parent-child relationships. In my opinion, parents would do better to read what Moran has to say and skip this particular book by St. James.

Skim  Nov 6, 2003
It is probably most effective to read the first twenty pages or so and skim the rest. Not up to par with "Simplify Your Life", but the early parts still have some very good advice. The rest is also good, but can easily be condensed by skimming and reading paragraphs of interest.
Annoying and Out-Of-Touch  Jun 16, 2002
I won't restate what has been said by other this site reviewers of this book - this book was a waste of my time and money. I had so enjoyed St. James' original Simplify Your Life book and was looking forward to reading this book. However, page after page proved to be annoying and genearlly useless. This book IS NOT about simplifying your life. If I had know I was going to be reading a How To Raise Your Kids book, I would have picked one by someone who knew something about it.

On top of the other reviewers' comments that St. James' suggestions are too simplistic and sometimes even harmful, I would add that if I had the money to implement all of her "simple" suggestions, I would move out of the country and greatly simplify my life. Her suggestions to single parents to "buy used" and steer cleer of impulse purchases are patronizing and sorely out of touch. Further, her assumptions about "male" and "female" traits and roles are not relevant to the lives of anyone I know.

St. James should stick with material she knows.


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