A Housekeeper Is Cheaper Than a Divorce: Why You Can Afford to Hire Help and How to Get It

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Disputes between husbands and wives over the division of household labor are a leading cause of marital strife. And it's no wonder--women spend an average of 35 hours per week doing chores like cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, and laundry, while their husbands spend less than nine. Even when work is divided equally, how do busy families fit in the equivalent of a full-time job and still have time for more interesting and fun activities?

A Housekeeper Is Cheaper Than a Divorce: Why You CAN Afford to Hire Help and How to Get It presents a solution that's been largely overlooked for at least a couple of generations--delegating those chores to a paid worker. Despite the cultural myths that label household help as a luxury only for the wealthy, author Kathy Fitzgerald Sherman shows that hiring help can be not only an effective time-management tool but also the best economic decision for a family. She offers some ideas for rearranging budgets to hire the help that will give busy women time for work, play, family, exercise, even needed sleep.

Affordability isn't the only stumbling block addressed in the book, which explains both the whys and hows of hiring household help. Challenges dealt with include guilt feelings, tax mysteries, language barriers, training challenges, differing quality standards, and finding the perfect employee to handle unwanted daily chores. The book is loaded with helpful forms and checklists, along with dozens of anecdotes and examples from the author's own experiences and a nationwide survey of professional women.

Readers Will Learn: - Why household help is a time management tool, not a luxury for the wealthy
- Why depending on husbands to share housework is unrealistic and futile
- How to cost-justify a housekeeper's salary and sell the idea to a spouse
- How to decide whether to hire a nanny, a housekeeper, or a cleaning service
- How to define the job that needs doing and then find the right employee for that job
- How to organize a household so that a housekeeper can work effectively
- How to comply with the "nanny tax" laws
- How to apply management skills from the workplace to treat a housekeeper fairly, while getting the best possible performance for every hiring dollar

What is an overloaded family to do when household chores overwhelm them? There is a solution beyond constant bickering or exhaustion. After all...a housekeeper is cheaper than a divorce.

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Kathy Fitzgerald Sherman has employed household help of various kinds for nearly 20 years, successfully using management skills she developed during a high-tech career in Silicon Valley. Like millions of mothers everywhere, Kathy struggles to balance career, childrearing, and homemaking. She finds that delegating housework to a paid employee is the only workable solution to this challenge.

After earning a bachelors degree in computer science and mathematics in 1978, Kathy worked in the computer industry, holding positions in engineering, sales, and management. In 1986, she formed Results Unlimited, a motivational speaking and seminar business specializing in personal effectiveness. She teaches others to define goals consistent with their values, interests, and priorities and to use their skills and resources to achieve those goals.

Taking her own advice, Kathy changed the form of her business after her first child was born in 1988. Instead of leading seminars on personal effectiveness, she began writing about the topic from home. But her plan to have it all wasnt workingthere simply werent enough hours in the day to meet all of her responsibilities, and her husband wasnt interested in pitching in. After an epiphany in which she noticed her teenage babysitter playing with her kids while she folded laundry, she swapped her once-a-week cleaning service and occasional babysitter for a twenty-hour-a-week housekeeper. The life transformation that followed inspired her to write A Housekeeper Is Cheaper Than a Divorce.

An award-winning writer and speaker, Kathy has been published in newspapers including The Christian Science Monitor, parenting magazines including Bay Area Parent and Big Apple Parent, and business and computer magazines. She also moderates several on-line discussion groups for parents.

Kathy grew up in Utica, New York, and graduated from the University of Scranton, in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two children, ages 9 and 11.

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A really practical handbook on how to bring together those who want to serve and those who want to be served. -- Ann B. Davis, actress, played Alice on The Brady Bunch

An important concept, often overlooked. Not taking this advice may be more expensive than you think. -- Richard Carlson, author of Dont Sweat the Small Stuff

Hiring a housekeeper...allows time for women to explore new opportunities. -- ForeWord Magazine, September 2000

This book offers important guidelines for getting additional support in the home. -- John Gray, Ph.D., author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus

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