This book is designed to help the reader perform some of the very necessary tasks that must be accomplished in everyday life. Maybe Mama really did try to teach them, but somehow the information just didn't stick. Chapters are dedicated to helping fill in the gaps in knowledge in areas such as getting organized, using common sense and common courtesies, living arrangements, money matters, and safety concerns. The author also covers money management, buying a car, using public transportation and the yellow pages, and discusses voting, registering with the selective service system, and searching for a job. The book also promotes the message that life is about choices. The message is: choose to learn and use your skills and you will go far.
Barbara Pelphrey earned a bachelor of arts degree in German from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. While teaching German in a public school in Houston, Texas, she noted a need for something more that would be of interest and genuine help to her students. In 1998, a friend asked Barbara to mentor her daughter, which led to the formation of a girls club at church. That spawned a life skills class for girls and boys at a home school co-op.