Book Review: Fair Play

Written by Heather Brown, Harry S. Truman VA Hospital

If you are like me, then you may feel overwhelmed with the growing list of things to accomplish in a day. From meal prep, grocery shopping, laundry, children’s schoolwork, and household chores, I felt overwhelmed and unsupported in the many unpaid and unappreciated “invisible work” aspects of my life. Here’s where Fair Play by Eve Rodsky comes into the picture.

The Fair Play principal is simple. By following a few set ideas and rules, you can begin to rebalance your to-do-lists, reclaim your time, and rediscover what makes you interesting. Intrigued yet? I certainly was.

The book goes into detail about how this principal came to fruition. Eve Rodsky was tired of taking on most of the invisible work in her family and realized that just identifying all that she was doing wasn’t cutting it. There needed to be a solution. Enter Fair Play. “With 4 easy-to-follow rules, 100 household tasks, and a series of conversation starters for you and your partner, Fair Play helps you prioritize what’s important to your family and who should take the lead on every chore, from laundry to homework to dinner.” There are even cards to help!

If you are tired of the daily grind and want to try something new, I suggest reading Fair Play and then trying it out with your partner. You might just find that balance we all are trying to achieve in your life. For more information, visit


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