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  1. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    What Marie Kondo did for my stuff, this book is doing for my time. I'm learning that time, like money, is a limited resource and it NEEDS A BUDGET or it will get wasted. The schedule method they recommend is the Dave Ramsey of Time Management that all homeschooling moms need. And just like with Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University, I went through all the stages of budgeting grief as I made our schedule: SO EXCITED, sobered by how much I need to do, frightened by how little time I have to do What Marie Kondo did for my stuff, this book is doing for my time. I'm learning that time, like money, is a limited resource and it NEEDS A BUDGET or it will get wasted. The schedule method they recommend is the Dave Ramsey of Time Management that all homeschooling moms need. And just like with Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University, I went through all the stages of budgeting grief as I made our schedule: SO EXCITED, sobered by how much I need to do, frightened by how little time I have to do it in, and finally coming to acceptance because there IS a plan to make the best use of what little time I do have. I appreciated the extreme Titus-2-ness of this book. I don't know what it was about Teri Maxwell, but something about her experience and wise tone made me straighten up and say "Yes ma'am" to so many good ideas I've put off. Scripture memory, for example. I've always known I should be more diligent about it. Suddenly she off-handedly mentioned that it would be a good idea, and I just...STARTED, with no more excuses. Because of this tendency, her constant reminders that the schedule is just a tool, not a task-master, and that you must soak the whole process in prayer, were extremely helpful to me. Otherwise I would have mentally skipped these important points. I am not using every idea she shared, but the book gave me a thrill of hope that I can still do the things that are most on my heart if I schedule them intentionally (I've been putting them off for the sake of dealing with urgencies). The testimonials from test group moms, of their trial-and-error and all the fruit experienced, are GENIUS to include and just as encouraging as the actual content of the book. This book is definitely intended for a Christian complementarian audience, and it will definitely annoy anyone who is not those things. But, as I am both, I was humbled by and grateful for it. I think it could help EVERY mom in this category, not just homeschooling ones. I've read other books on habit formation, motivation, and general mothering--but this one is where rubber meets the road. It is life-changing at the most practical level. It is a gift.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Audrey

    This is a Fabulous book!!! If you hate schedules, love schedules, or don't know how to use one (or anything in between) this book is for you. If you feel like you never have enough time in your day to do the things you want to, read this book! If you are tired and stressed out and discouraged from trying to do everything and wondering if you forgot something, read this book! This book is not directly about raising children and marriage, but I believe it will have a huge impact on both. An empath This is a Fabulous book!!! If you hate schedules, love schedules, or don't know how to use one (or anything in between) this book is for you. If you feel like you never have enough time in your day to do the things you want to, read this book! If you are tired and stressed out and discouraged from trying to do everything and wondering if you forgot something, read this book! This book is not directly about raising children and marriage, but I believe it will have a huge impact on both. An empathetic book that is easy to read and doesn't make you feel terrible for not being able to do-it-all.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Erika Mathews

    Excellent, practical, biblical advice for scheduling time for stay-at-home moms, especially the unique challenges faced by homeschooling moms.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Larisha

    Annually I will reread portions of this book as a refresher and try to do it in the Summer before the start of a new school year. I have always thought I was pretty organized, but we can always learn something new and for those looking for help organizing your home school day(or non-home school day), this book can really be a tremendous help organizing chaos or just simply helping you get more done in a day than you otherwise would!! This in now my 3rd full year of using this method since seeing t Annually I will reread portions of this book as a refresher and try to do it in the Summer before the start of a new school year. I have always thought I was pretty organized, but we can always learn something new and for those looking for help organizing your home school day(or non-home school day), this book can really be a tremendous help organizing chaos or just simply helping you get more done in a day than you otherwise would!! This in now my 3rd full year of using this method since seeing the couple and hearing them speak in NJ and after committing your scheduling to God and putting in the time to work on the schedule and be FLEXIBLE with it and allow yourself some grace ...it really works!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I finished Manager of the Their Homes last night. I was frustrated all week that I didn't have time in my schedule to read, an irony that wasn't lost on me. Anyway, I had already started working on my schedule and it turns out I had read through the meat of the book already. The book is very openly written by and for "Christian Homeschooling Moms" but honestly any working mom can benefit from this book. The book isn't preachy if you're not Christian, but she doesn't hide her faith either. Anyway I finished Manager of the Their Homes last night. I was frustrated all week that I didn't have time in my schedule to read, an irony that wasn't lost on me. Anyway, I had already started working on my schedule and it turns out I had read through the meat of the book already. The book is very openly written by and for "Christian Homeschooling Moms" but honestly any working mom can benefit from this book. The book isn't preachy if you're not Christian, but she doesn't hide her faith either. Anyway, I had a lot to think about and thought she made some really good points about scheduling. I just made my schedule straight into Excel and plan to tweak it as we try it out.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Courtney Shevchenko

    This was a great overview on how to schedule homeschooling/chores/other responsibilities. I was thankful to pick up and read/acquire my own copy after having read it many years ago. Having small children, it takes a lot of brain power to figure out how to keep them busy, learning, and not destroying the house all day. Rather than have to figure that out every single day, I knew it was time to make an actual schedule for us. I am so thankful for the many ideas and sample schedules through this bo This was a great overview on how to schedule homeschooling/chores/other responsibilities. I was thankful to pick up and read/acquire my own copy after having read it many years ago. Having small children, it takes a lot of brain power to figure out how to keep them busy, learning, and not destroying the house all day. Rather than have to figure that out every single day, I knew it was time to make an actual schedule for us. I am so thankful for the many ideas and sample schedules through this book, and know that I'll probably be referencing it for years to come. Definitely purchase it directly from Titus2 so that you get the scheduling kit that comes with it!

  7. 4 out of 5

    chellaine

    A friend gave me this book and I love it! I love the idea of routines and schedules and knowing what is going to happen next, but with children or life in general, anything is possible haha! I love how there are examples of different schedules in the back of the book, they are very helpful with me trying to get an idea of what I want and need. I'm definitely going to keep this book where I can find easily, it really has Wonderful ideas! I generally like a good routine, but am still having issues A friend gave me this book and I love it! I love the idea of routines and schedules and knowing what is going to happen next, but with children or life in general, anything is possible haha! I love how there are examples of different schedules in the back of the book, they are very helpful with me trying to get an idea of what I want and need. I'm definitely going to keep this book where I can find easily, it really has Wonderful ideas! I generally like a good routine, but am still having issues with waking up early haha!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Angela Boord

    I'm not sure how many times I've read this book, but I seem to re-read it every couple of years. While I've never put together a schedule exactly according to their methods, I have gleaned enough information to make it an invaluable resource, especially for someone who is organizationally challenged, like me. I'm not sure how many times I've read this book, but I seem to re-read it every couple of years. While I've never put together a schedule exactly according to their methods, I have gleaned enough information to make it an invaluable resource, especially for someone who is organizationally challenged, like me.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Blair

    I was a scheduling rebel, but now am humble enough finally to admit I need help!! I've come across this book several times, at conventions, on blogs, and always saw the multicolor schedule and ran the other way. Not for me! I can't micromanage my life to that degree! I have a routine. That's more my style. Ahem. Perhaps there's something to that giant multicolor chart though, as I look around and wonder how to get everything done, keep everyone on task, and still have sanity left at the end of t I was a scheduling rebel, but now am humble enough finally to admit I need help!! I've come across this book several times, at conventions, on blogs, and always saw the multicolor schedule and ran the other way. Not for me! I can't micromanage my life to that degree! I have a routine. That's more my style. Ahem. Perhaps there's something to that giant multicolor chart though, as I look around and wonder how to get everything done, keep everyone on task, and still have sanity left at the end of the week. The routine wasn't cutting it. So, I finally bought the book. Teri Maxwell lays out a convincing and doable plan for developing what can look like a very intimidating schedule. I felt as if she had lurked in our house, as every excuse I've ever had against scheduling was presented with a counterpoint. She illustrated that in fact, those very excuses were WHY we needed a schedule in the first place. I'm not sure if this would be helpful for a non-homeschooling family, but for us, I wish I had grabbed this book when I heard about it years ago. If you are homeschooling or homemaking with out support and/or example of others in real life to help you muddle through how exactly ones tends to babies, houses, life outside the house, and still homeschool multiple children, Teri's book will definitely help you get there.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Heather Gmiterek

    I tend to be housekeeping/scheduling challenged. A regimented life does not appeal to me. That being said there are many many things from this book we are going to implement in our home. The idea of my kids having scheduled playtimes and activities with each other kind of rocked my world. We already started this and have used it when we've have bonus kids around too. I'm having a set beginning and end to time together and changing activities has actually saved me a ton of time. Instead of lettin I tend to be housekeeping/scheduling challenged. A regimented life does not appeal to me. That being said there are many many things from this book we are going to implement in our home. The idea of my kids having scheduled playtimes and activities with each other kind of rocked my world. We already started this and have used it when we've have bonus kids around too. I'm having a set beginning and end to time together and changing activities has actually saved me a ton of time. Instead of letting them play until someone melts down or hurts each other or a massive explosions of big feelings happen we end the time, have a few moments of sad and move on. Where before they would play fantastically then all of the sudden we'd have issues that required much of my time and attention to put out fires, help squabbling children problem solve, kiss and hug the injury inflicted by another sibling or correct and teach better behaviour. Not everything in this book will work for every one, it is written by a lovely conservative Christian couple with a very large family and very conservative values. I'd definitely lend it out to anyone who wants to borrow it. The tone is very encouraging and the chapter for husbands to encourage their wives was fantastic.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I read this book as part of my research into homeschooling as my husband and I discuss and pray about our children’s schooling options. Even if we decide not to homeschool, this book gave a lot of interesting suggestions that I think can apply to family life in general. She made several points that, while seemingly obvious, are easy to overlook at times when immersed in the hustle and bustle of family life.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    I was able to take away several helpful ideas with regards to scheduling and homeschooling but overall the premise of the book is too rigid. My schedule needs more fluidity and one day doesn’t look like the next in my week. I appreciate the heart and intention of the author in writing this book and will continue to attempt to implement some of her suggestions. I did also like looking through all the example schedules included in the back of the book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Joanna

    This book has been instrumental in my approach to managing a large family and home. While I don’t use all of her ideas, the scheduling portion (and concepts underlying it) is fantastic. While I don’t go as in-depth with our schedule as she does in the book, I still use her structure and framework as a basic template for creating our daily schedules.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Zaira

    This has a lot of good tips. I'm not sure how feasible it is to be on a strict schedule with time frames. This has a lot of good tips. I'm not sure how feasible it is to be on a strict schedule with time frames.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Great ideas! It had the perspective I was looking for!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Maren

    Great tool for anyone staying at home with their kids and for homeschool families

  17. 5 out of 5

    Havebooks Willread

    I re-read my copy of Managers of Their Homes (MOTH) and loved it all over again. This is my third time through it and I get something new from it each time (likely because of the different seasons during which I've read it). She already had me sold with her analogy of using a schedule to budget our time just like we "tell our money what to do" with a budget. We only have so much time (as we only have so much money) and we have to be the ones to control it or it will just. . .disappear with nothi I re-read my copy of Managers of Their Homes (MOTH) and loved it all over again. This is my third time through it and I get something new from it each time (likely because of the different seasons during which I've read it). She already had me sold with her analogy of using a schedule to budget our time just like we "tell our money what to do" with a budget. We only have so much time (as we only have so much money) and we have to be the ones to control it or it will just. . .disappear with nothing to show for it. While we have retained the basics of a school schedule for the older children, this time through the most helpful section for me was chapter three, scheduling younger children's days. She reminded me that "little ones are more peaceful, content, and obedient when their days are planned and routine, including regular changes of activity" (11). She suggests planned activity changes so that children play in a specific room with specific items for 30 minutes and then you have them change their location and/or activity. She even encourages rotations of toys for different days of the week and includes art/craft supplies as a suggested 30-minute activity.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Brianna Kidd

    This was a GREAT help in organizing the time in my household. My schedule didn't turn out as strict as her suggestions, but I also don't have as many kids, so I have the freedom to be a little more flexible. :) What it did help in was giving me the tools to "make the best use of the time." Having a rough outline of our days makes it possible to fit in all of the most important things, make time for the things that had been neglected, and say no to the unimportant. My kids are happier within a rou This was a GREAT help in organizing the time in my household. My schedule didn't turn out as strict as her suggestions, but I also don't have as many kids, so I have the freedom to be a little more flexible. :) What it did help in was giving me the tools to "make the best use of the time." Having a rough outline of our days makes it possible to fit in all of the most important things, make time for the things that had been neglected, and say no to the unimportant. My kids are happier within a routine because they no what to expect. I am a more peaceful and patient mom, and my husband appreciates coming home to order rather than chaos. This was a great read for a homeschooler, and I'm sure non-homeschoolers would benefit too!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne

    This book is great for Type A personalities who are managing a Type A family. It was an epic failure for my family. My family is too relaxed for the hour by hour life-style. I do recommend it if the whole family is on board with it! I believe your life will be more structured and organized. I went the opposite direction and now I can't find my keys half the time.. the house is disorganized and the book is missing ..... but it's easier for me to just grab the 2nd set of car keys and look for lost This book is great for Type A personalities who are managing a Type A family. It was an epic failure for my family. My family is too relaxed for the hour by hour life-style. I do recommend it if the whole family is on board with it! I believe your life will be more structured and organized. I went the opposite direction and now I can't find my keys half the time.. the house is disorganized and the book is missing ..... but it's easier for me to just grab the 2nd set of car keys and look for lost things than get my husband and 2 sons to follow a chart hour by hour... plus I don't look so ..(thinking of the nice word here .. ).. I don't look so "controlling".

  20. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

    This book is great for anyone considering applying a schedule to fit their home management and/or homeschooling needs. There are many useful resources and tools in this spiral-bound workbook. If you thrive with things written down, days that are specifically ordered, etc, a home schedule may be helpful. We've found great success and freedom (ironically) in applying some of the principles from this book. It came as a recommendation from my sister-in-law whose house is full and active with eight b This book is great for anyone considering applying a schedule to fit their home management and/or homeschooling needs. There are many useful resources and tools in this spiral-bound workbook. If you thrive with things written down, days that are specifically ordered, etc, a home schedule may be helpful. We've found great success and freedom (ironically) in applying some of the principles from this book. It came as a recommendation from my sister-in-law whose house is full and active with eight beloved children underfoot. She has used it since the beginning of her homeschooling days. Great recommendation!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Susan Hargett

    This book offered excellent advice for scheduling for homeschooling families with busy schedules. It offered a very well laid out plan for developing a schedule individualized for each families needs and priorities. I no longer have an infant, so I didn't need to worry about the controversial baby scheduling chapter. I I also am not a fundamentalist Christian, so I cleaned what was relevant from this book and left the rest. There was a lot of fluff which some could find either annoying or encour This book offered excellent advice for scheduling for homeschooling families with busy schedules. It offered a very well laid out plan for developing a schedule individualized for each families needs and priorities. I no longer have an infant, so I didn't need to worry about the controversial baby scheduling chapter. I I also am not a fundamentalist Christian, so I cleaned what was relevant from this book and left the rest. There was a lot of fluff which some could find either annoying or encouraging. I lean more toward annoying, but only mildly. Overall, I'm glad I read it and it was definitely helpful.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Morgan

    Unbelievably helpful organization system. I can't imagine that this would only be helpful for homeschooling moms, however. I think it would be beneficial for any mom juggling even a few balls - a home, a busy husband, a few kids, a business, etc. I recommend putting your first schedule together with a trusted friend - it can be a little overwhelming as you realize that you have way more than 24 hours of daily activities to schedule. Having some outside help is great to figure out what to cut out Unbelievably helpful organization system. I can't imagine that this would only be helpful for homeschooling moms, however. I think it would be beneficial for any mom juggling even a few balls - a home, a busy husband, a few kids, a business, etc. I recommend putting your first schedule together with a trusted friend - it can be a little overwhelming as you realize that you have way more than 24 hours of daily activities to schedule. Having some outside help is great to figure out what to cut out or rotate through.

  23. 5 out of 5

    R.E.

    Awesome tool! I was able to put all 24 hours in order in a list of priorities. I didn't use the worksheets, because a spreadsheet was more managable and easy clean up. And I can save my template and rearrange as times and seasons change, and they do change! Awesome tips on how to creatively fit everything in. This is a great book for anyone who is trying to fit in those really important things, but they seem to get pushed out of the way by the more urgent or lengthy things. So excited about our Awesome tool! I was able to put all 24 hours in order in a list of priorities. I didn't use the worksheets, because a spreadsheet was more managable and easy clean up. And I can save my template and rearrange as times and seasons change, and they do change! Awesome tips on how to creatively fit everything in. This is a great book for anyone who is trying to fit in those really important things, but they seem to get pushed out of the way by the more urgent or lengthy things. So excited about our new schedule and an anchor for mom when things get crazy.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lexi

    The book had a lot of great scheduling ideas, especially for those with a large family who are trying to juggle everything with cleaning, errands, homeschooling, church activities, and other extracurricular activities. I disagree with the scheduling babies concept and cringed at a lot of their punitive parenting ideas, along with the suggestion of Shepherding A Child's Heart but I realize a lot of people who are reading this are conservative Christians who are fine with punitive parenting. I pre The book had a lot of great scheduling ideas, especially for those with a large family who are trying to juggle everything with cleaning, errands, homeschooling, church activities, and other extracurricular activities. I disagree with the scheduling babies concept and cringed at a lot of their punitive parenting ideas, along with the suggestion of Shepherding A Child's Heart but I realize a lot of people who are reading this are conservative Christians who are fine with punitive parenting. I prefer a more grace based look at life but I definitely will get good use out of the schedule.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tag

    I enjoy this book, its a mixture of all their others in one. I make myself read this book every summer now. Each year I get something totally new out of it as either our situations have changed, kids have grown, or I just simply forgot to try it. Though we don't ever stick to an extremely rigid schedule. We do keep a schedule. This book gets me on track, helps be focus and organize my home, kids & school. Best of all its a good reminder for me as a parent to help me grow the kids with responsibi I enjoy this book, its a mixture of all their others in one. I make myself read this book every summer now. Each year I get something totally new out of it as either our situations have changed, kids have grown, or I just simply forgot to try it. Though we don't ever stick to an extremely rigid schedule. We do keep a schedule. This book gets me on track, helps be focus and organize my home, kids & school. Best of all its a good reminder for me as a parent to help me grow the kids with responsibility. This is a great read for any mom who would like to improve in this area.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lara

    this book is very specific to "Christian Homeschool Families", so it won't apply to the majority of homes out there, but since I am juggling 4 in public school, 3 in homeschool, and 2 preschoolers this year, (plus another baby on the way mid-school-year) I decided I needed to get better at establishing a little more order in the home. This book was perfect for my purposes and has me excited to start the official school year next week! this book is very specific to "Christian Homeschool Families", so it won't apply to the majority of homes out there, but since I am juggling 4 in public school, 3 in homeschool, and 2 preschoolers this year, (plus another baby on the way mid-school-year) I decided I needed to get better at establishing a little more order in the home. This book was perfect for my purposes and has me excited to start the official school year next week!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Bryony

    I only was able to glean a bit of advice from this book. The Maxwells have a system that somehow works for them and apparently several other homeschooling families, but I just didn't think it would work with our family dynamic. But I have applied some of the principles taught. There are some great suggestions. I only was able to glean a bit of advice from this book. The Maxwells have a system that somehow works for them and apparently several other homeschooling families, but I just didn't think it would work with our family dynamic. But I have applied some of the principles taught. There are some great suggestions.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Some great ideas but not a particularly well written book. It has a feel to it that a bunch of blog posts or emails were cobbled together and published as a book. I think it would be a burden to my family to have a schedule as thorough as the Maxwell family. However, I will implement some of the ideas to help our household be more organized.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Heidi Holford

    Great theory--never was able to implement any of it, though.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jey

    Do you need help feeling on top of your life and home? This book is amazing. I reread it every 6 months or so.

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