Don’t think you have to balance the holiday stress and quality attention to your child yourself this holiday season, or, worse yet, skip quality time with your children because it’s the holidays and feel guilty about it throughout the New Year. Instead, seek expert advice, such as the new book from New York Times Best Selling Author and internationally-known organizational expert Julie Morgenstern, called TIME TO PARENT: Organizing Your Life to Bring Out The Best In Your Child And You.

In Time to Parent, the bestselling organizational guru takes on the ultimate time-management challenge―parenting, from toddlers to teens―with concrete ways to structure and spend true quality time with your kids.

TIME TO PARENT is a practical guide to parents that includes tips that can be helpful during the holidays, such as:

1. Sit down with the family to define the 2-3 things that really make the holiday special for your family. Focus on doing these well, and forget the rest.

2. Share the workload, assigning tasks to each member of the family and allow each member to focus on the things they like best.

3. Decorate in under an hour. Change table linens and runners, switch throw pillows on the sofa and beds, and replace hand towels in the bathrooms to give your home an instant and beautiful holiday spirit.

4. Minimize card sending to the people who appear most recently/frequently in your cell phone call/text history and email outbox.

5. Trade perfection for presence – You can obsess over your lemon and pinecone centerpiece OR you can enjoy talking with friends over a glass of wine and cheese, chipped platter and all!

Time to Parent offers:

A unique framework with eight quadrants that separates parenting responsibilities into actionable, manageable tasks―for the whole bumpy ride from cradle to college.

Simple strategies to stay truly present and focused, whether you’re playing with your kids, enjoying a meal with your significant other, or getting ahead on that big proposal for work.

Clever tips to make the most of in-between time―Just 5-15 minutes of your undivided attention has a huge impact on kids.

Permission to take personal time without feeling guilty, and the science and case studies that show how important self-care is and how to make time for it.

What Others Are Saying:

“What an incredible book. Not only does Julie deftly explain the importance of balancing yourself and being a parent, she gives tips and strategies to make that balance a reality. I particularly enjoyed the self-assessment (I’m a Mary Poppins!) and appreciated the break down of P.A.R.T and S.E.L.F.

The neat part is that this book isn’t just for parents either, it’s for the entire community that is involved with raising a child. Grandparents, close family friends, and teachers can all benefit from reading this book.” – Carol M.

“You won’t find any corny categorization of time management personality types in her work, no Meyers-Briggs- or 5 Love Languages-type buckets into which people can slot themselves…But there are patterns Ms. Morgenstern has identified that can help people understand and improve the way they approach time management.” ― The New York Times

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