From High Heels to Bunny Slippers: Surviving the Transition from Career to Home

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Psychotherapist, mother, and author Christine Conners never doubts that the decision of a professional woman to stay home with her young children is the right one. In From High Heels to Bunny Slippers, she supports their decision to personally care for their children with compelling new research on childcare and its potential negative effects on young children, as well as her own firsthand experience as a co-founder of the NASA child development centers. Unlike previous books aimed at this growing readership, ...
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Overview

Psychotherapist, mother, and author Christine Conners never doubts that the decision of a professional woman to stay home with her young children is the right one. In From High Heels to Bunny Slippers, she supports their decision to personally care for their children with compelling new research on childcare and its potential negative effects on young children, as well as her own firsthand experience as a co-founder of the NASA child development centers. Unlike previous books aimed at this growing readership, Conners recognizes and addresses mothers' adjustment problems that, like any major life event, arise from the decision to quit your job and stay home. She offers tools and strategies that gently lead the professional woman from the challenge of her work world into the new challenges of parenting full-time. She sympathizes, as a stay-at-home mother herself, with the immediate frustrations of loss of personal identity, financial difficulties, depression, and marital discord. As a mental health professional, she offers her proven techniques for forming a strong new identity as a parent when you leave your career, for addressing financial woes through part-time work and money-saving strategies, for overcoming social isolation, depression, anger, and stress, and for finding personal fulfillment during this special time with your young children.
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Psychotherapist and mother Conners writes from the trenches as she addresses women's problems leaving the workforce to raise children at home. An easy transition it is not, but one well worth the sacrifice. Tools and strategies for combating social isolation, depression, financial difficulties, and marital discord that often accompany this lifestyle choice are furnished. Tactics include changing one's self talk, maintaining perspective, and tuning out the antifamily messages in the media. Conners serves as a mentor to all full-time mothers, and her affirmation of the role will invigorate myriad women. A welcome book that speaks a rarely heard message for all public libraries. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781933102146
  • Publisher: Capital Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2006
  • Series: Capital Lifestyles
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Christine Conners is a psychotherapist and counselor with a master's degree in Marriage and Family Counseling. She was president of the board of directors and a co-founder of the NASA Dryden Child Development Center and worked as a liaison with NASA Headquarters and other NASA centers to define uniform guidelines for NASA child development centers. For the last nine years Christine has been primarily the stay-at-home parent of her four children, though she works part-time as a child therapist for Georgia's state mental hospital in Savannah. Christine is the co-author of Lipsmackin' Backpackin' and Lipsmackin' Vegetarian Backpackin'. She lives in Savannah, Georgia.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2006

    Fabulous Slippers for All of Us!

    There are so many factors involved in being a mom and staying at home. Where do we turn for advice? I sure need it? Wow and here is this great book, From High Heels to Bunny Slippers. Where have you been? I¿m over here hidden behind the steering wheel and overflowing grocery bags being an at-home mom, air traffic controller and part-time female goddess deluxe. Lucky for me there is a great book I have been reading that helps me deal with my stay-at-home momhood From High Heels to Bunny Slippers, by Christine Conners, MA, Therapist and Counselor, ISBN: 1-933102-14-4. And what is it like being home alone? There are the issues of scheduling, the kids, the pets, the animals, the house and all the social issues, and these are just the home issues, no longer the paid for job issues. I get overwhelmed by the daily minutiae that 'must' be taken care of just to keep the ship steering clear in the channel every day. This book is written in a fresh and vibrant voice. Mrs. Conners is in the trenches with us as we plough away each day. This book has helped me cope with some of the loneliness and repetition that rarely occurred when I used to work in an office, but now work alone in a home with kids as clients. I wear my bunny slippers proudly. Granted they are stained with last nights dinner and the left one got left outside in the rain, but the conversations, advice and thoughtful tone of this book have helped me in so many ways. This is a must buy and must read for anyone considering the joys and dramas of being a center stage at home parent. Thank you Mrs. Conner for your frank view into my world and for giving me a voice in the otherwise overwhelming din of my lovely, busy, noisy life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2006

    A New At Home Mommy Must Have!

    Where was this book four years ago when my daughter was born?!! I had made the career transition to 'stay-at-home-mom' and could not understand all the stresses that went with it. Including idenity crisis,depression, saying No, crying, cleaning, loss of friends, finances and sacrifice, and 'Picasso Stress' that are the unique career experiences of at home moms. Christine Connors writing style made me feel as if I had a kindred girlfriend, imporved my self esteem on a topic the media makes me feel bad for my families choices. I had the rare oppiortunity to meet the author and found her even more amazing than her book. I highly reccomned every new at home mom, or career established and having a bad day mom have a copy. It takes our side of the media to the next level. And reaffirms that yes your job at home with your children is the most importnat and best thing you can do!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2006

    Must have for Mommy!

    Good to know we are not alone. Beautifully written account of the decisions we make daily. I have given copies to many of my friends. Great book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2006

    A great resource for parents.

    An insightful book that details all the issues that parents face in debating whether to stay home and raise your children or place them in childcare. Author Christine Conners discusses and provides solutions for all the issues ¿ finances, household chores, marital happiness and mental health, just to name a few. She provides clear evidence in support of your decision to raise your children full-time. Having children and all of the ups and downs that go along with children can be stressful but this book will provide major support to help you through the difficult times. I think this would be a great book for both mothers and fathers to read ¿ not just the parent that stays home.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2006

    A must read for transitioning mothers!

    I really enjoyed Christine's sense of humor. I found myself many times laughing out loud and nodding in agreement with many topics. There were many days I wondered if I was doing the right thing since leaving work but, I finally realized I had to re-prioritize my life. I wish I had read the book a lot sooner. It was also wonderful reading that other mothers experienced the same things. Thank you Christine for writing this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2006

    a must-have for every new mother making the transition from career to home

    This morning I walked my son to the school bus stop with a renewed sense of self. I felt better and more positive than I had in a year. Why? Because I spent the past few days reading ¿From High Heels to Bunny Slippers¿, authored by Christine Conners. What a wonderful and inspiring book! Although I have been self-employed and my little one came to us through adoption and that meant that I missed the 3 am feedings and dirty diapers I still related to what the author had written. I went from feeling ostracized by my peers and feeling worthless to the realization that I had the most important job in the world. Conners made me laugh, cry and dig deep into my heart. Having a child is a big enough life change but making the decision to jump into the bunny slippers with both feet is a tough one. Christine helps readers get past the stigmas, guilt and other range of feelings that come with this decision. She covers childcare and other issues as well. My only regret is that I did not have this book a year ago when I first entered the career of motherhood.

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