Working at home and loving your life as an entrepreneur I Love My Life! A Mom's Guide To Working From Home, by Kristie Tamsevisius, Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing, 2003, $19.95.
Spending more time at home with your family is a goal for many parents. Whether you have an idea but aren't sure where to begin, or wonder what type of business might work for you, Tamsevisius' book defines a clear path to starting a home-based business. The home-based business owner and mom reveals her secrets to guide other mom-entrepreneurs on their journey.
Running a successful home-based business takes more than just business savvy. Her book walks you through the process of turning your vision into a profitable venture. You'll get tips on balancing home and work, lowering your stress and creating more time for your family and friends.
Asking yourself what are your dreams, talents and interests is the first step. By starting small and making a list of five steps to get you started, you're encouraged to celebrate each time you achieve a goal. Potential entrepreneurs are encouraged to identify the biggest challenges to overcome and examine their personal beliefs to develop a new business.
From discovering your passions to creating a business plan that's right for you, this books offers loads of practical advice. It recommends visiting fraud prevention Web sites, choosing a name for your business that clearly identifies what you do and starting each work day with a clear work space. These steps lead mothers through the planning phase of business ownership.
She offers simple tricks of setting-up functional e-mail accounts that include automatic responders and a signature, and establishing a separate business phone line that can be tax deductible. This knowledge will help you gain confidence to take your business from the ‘start-up' phase to the ‘grown-up' stage.
You'll also learn time management tricks, such as creating a log of your daily activities and calculating how much your time is worth, to help you make solid decisions. The book also offers a wealth of other resources on the Web and in print form to help you realize your dream of becoming a business owner.
This empowering book is the open door to freedom from the traditional 9-to-5 work day. Gina Roberts-Grey
A comprehensive guide for parents of young athletes The Young Athlete: A Sport Doctor's Complete Guide for Parents, by Jordan D Metzl, MD with Carol Shookhoff, Little, Brown and Co., 2001, $14.95.
Dr. Jordan Metzl has done an outstanding job of developing a complete guide for parents of young athletes.
Metzl uses anecdotes as well as medical references to help parents with difficult subjects. He describes the role of the parent in the young athlete's life and more importantly, discusses when the involvement of a parent or athlete has reached the point of being unhealthy.
He offers recommendations to parents who are unhappy with coaches or even other parents who are attending games. He also gives recommendations on nutritional guidelines, number of hours of training, and pre-season exercise regimens that are appropriate for the young athlete, hopefully ensuring healthy participation.
Through his various experiences, Metzl describes situations a parent may face with their young athlete and gives sound, appropriate advice. The book concludes with a discussion of assorted sports injuries common to young athletes. Metzl covers important subjects such as concussion, ACL injury, Little Leaguer's elbow, and the female athletic triad-a potentially devastating problem seen in competitive young female athletes.
Although Metzl offers guidelines as to when injuries require professional medical care, he also offers prevention and treatment advice to parents.
My only reservation is his approach to rehabilitation exercise. In my experience, it is important to rehabilitate and strengthen young athletes with exercises that simulate their particular sports activity.
But Metzl recommends isolating and strengthening individual rotator cuff muscles for the treatment of rotator cuff tendon injuries. Quite simply, rotator cuff and other individual muscles do not work in isolation and therefore should not be strengthened in isolation, but with integration of other muscle groups.
Otherwise this book is an excellent guide and highly recommended for not only parents, but also coaches and trainers of young athletes. Dr. Paul H. Lento, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and, Loyola Medical Center
Mothers and their boys: Writing about the bond Between Mothers and Sons: Women Writers Talk About Having Sons and Raising Men, edited by Patricia Stevens, Touchstone, 1999, $13.
There is something special about the bond between a son and a mother. This, I have decided, is not just a Hallmark card.
I have watched my two beautiful baby bundles slowly turn into testosterone-surging, smelly, mustache-shaving, hair-in-scary-places foreigners. But they make my heart melt and always will.
Is it different than the mother-daughter relationship? We don't share that common gender experience. How does that affect us?
It can take a lifetime to understand it all, making it a rich topic in the hands of a good writer. So, I eagerly picked up Stevens' book and another, The Miracle of Sons: Celebrating the Boys in Our Lives by Jamie C. Miller and Jennifer Basye Sander, hoping to learn.
Between Mothers and Sons, a feminist anthology, delivered. But The Miracle of Sons struggled for trite at its best moments.
I really should have been able to judge these books by their covers. The Miracle of Sons is a collection of stories from mothers and the blurb on the back says, “Through heartwarming, eye-opening stories, you'll gain new insight into the world of boys and their delightful life passages.”
The stories are told in the same voice. They are watered down and don't even hover over the surface, let alone scratch it. My favorite was the story of a pregnant woman, worried she could not handle a son. Because he is a boy, she will feel no emotional bond. When her son is born, she concludes: “I knew at that very moment, I'd never feel like just a baby sitter to this child-no polite words or stiff pats on the head for this little love of my life! And nine years later, Nicholas and I have a mother-son bond more wonderful than I ever thought.”
Between Mothers and Sons asks its writers to delve into and explore-not gloss over-those years of bond-building, along with nursing, college good-byes and their son's sexuality. The essayists are accomplished writers with distinctive voices that capture the poignancy of secret mother-son moments and the angst of our differences.
Don't waste your time with The Miracle of Sons, although I highly recommend Between Mothers and Sons-just keep a box of Kleenex nearby. Susy Schultz