The Stay-at-Home Survival Guide: Field-Tested Strategies for Staying Smart, Sane, and Connected When You're Raising Kids at Home [NOOK Book]

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Melissa Stanton’s The Stay-at-Home Survival Guide is an all-encompassing, truth-telling how-to book that addresses the many practical and psychological issues facing stay-at-home moms today.

How do you create time for yourself? Is there really time to do it all (feed the kids, keep them busy, clean the house, balance the checkbook, and take a shower)? How do you deal with ...
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The Stay-at-Home Survival Guide: Field-Tested Strategies for Staying Smart, Sane, and Connected When You're Raising Kids at Home

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Overview


Melissa Stanton’s The Stay-at-Home Survival Guide is an all-encompassing, truth-telling how-to book that addresses the many practical and psychological issues facing stay-at-home moms today.

How do you create time for yourself? Is there really time to do it all (feed the kids, keep them busy, clean the house, balance the checkbook, and take a shower)? How do you deal with the absence of the “professional you"?

An invaluable resource for mothers, The Stay-at-Home Survival Guide includes interviews with stay-at-home moms, discussions with experts (family therapists, educators, medical specialists, career counselors), checklists to help you make the most of your time and keep you balanced, and Melissa Stanton’s own experiences leaving a career as an editor for People magazine to become a stay-at-home mom herself.
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Melissa Stanton never set out to be a stay-at-home mother. It just sort of happened as the result of a confluence of events - her husband taking an out-of-state job, her own long commute to a high-pressure New York magazine editing job, and the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
'I woke up one day and said, 'You know what? That's it. I need to live a different life," she said.
Ms. Stanton, who now lives in Davidsonville, admits she didn't know quite what she was getting into when she left the workforce. But she's gained a lot of experience and is determined to pass it on to other women. Her book, 'The Stay-at-Home Survival Guide: Field-Tested Strategies for Staying Smart, Sane, and Connected While Caring for Your Kids,' came out June 1. It packs plenty of advice for moms who may be feeling a bit isolated and under-appreciated in their new roles.
—Theresa Winslow
momcentral.com
No one ever said that staying home with kids was easy. But now, thanks to this new book by Melissa Stanton, you'll have somewhere to turn whenever you're feeling a little lonely, under-appreciated, or overwhelmed. Stanton, a magazine editor turned stay-at-home herself, understands all too well both the joys and the challenges that come with staying home with your children full time. For this book, she draws not only on her own experience, but also on the experiences of other moms, who she spoke to and surveyed at length. With information about dealing with everything from money and scheduling to friendships and marriage, Stanton has the advice you need for every situation and the sympathy and understanding you've been hoping for. No one understands a stay-at-home mom like another stay-at-home mom, which gives Stanton the insights to make this Survival Guide a valuable resource for moms everywhere.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786745739
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/23/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 294,475
  • File size: 468 KB

Meet the Author


Prior to becoming a Stay-at-Home mom, Melissa Stanton was an editor at People and LIFE magazines. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, Glamour, Parenting, Redbook, and Organize. She lives with her family in a rural suburb of Washington, D.C.
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Table of Contents


Preface: Why is Stay-at-Home Motherhood Something to Survive?     1
From the Author     9
FYI: The Survey, and Other Details     13
Introduction: Walking Away from Having It All     17
Voices: What's Great (and Not So Great) about Being a Stay-at-Home Mom?     21
The Best of Times, the Worst of Times     25
A Day in the Life     37
Several Kids, Special Needs, but Still Just One You     61
Jack(ie)-of-All-Trades     83
Money Matters     111
Ms. or Mrs. Smith?     155
True Love + Kids = Real Life     173
Sex and the Stressed-Out Stay-at-Home Mom     189
Motherhood: Who's the Expert?     209
The Mommy Brain (or, Why We Often Can't Think Straight)     225
Get Me Out of Here!     243
You Gotta Have Friends     259
Surviving (and Seeking) Solitary Confinement, and Other Strategies for Staying Sane     285
Where's My Stand-In?     315
Making Your Comeback (or Not)     335
Proud Mamas: Taking Pride in What We Do     355
Afterword     371
Voices: Final Words of Wisdom from the Experts     375
The Moms You Met     379
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2009

    Great , Informative , something I can relate to..

    I give this book 5 stars. This is book is well over due, I am glad it's out to help people all across the world with daily problems with kids . It also goes to show theirs other people out there with the same problems as me. Thank you very much Melissa Stanton for doing all your research and combining it into a great book. I hope Melissa come out with another book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2008

    A 'Gotta Have' for Today's (and Tomorrow's) Stay at Home Moms!

    Melissa Stanton is my 'shero'! She totally understands the love/hate relationship I've had with my status as a stay at home mom...which has been the most rewarding, yet emotionally draining 'job' I've ever had! From those precious moments of nurturing and raising my children, to being the foundation that my husband relied upon to keep the 'household running smoothly', Melissa understands. In her book, she also captures the mind- numbing, identity-questioning, roller coaster ride that was my life as a SAHM. Every SAHM (and those contemplating becoming one!) should have this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2008

    I wish I had a book like this when my kids were little

    I picked up this book for my daughter, a new stay at home mother, when I was in a Barnes and Noble and the author was doing a book signing. I actually read most of it before I saw my daughter to give it to her. This is a really good book. I wish I had something like this when I was a stay at home mother. Two of my nieces are now pregant and I'm going to give them this book as a baby gift.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2008

    Stay at Home Moms NEED this book

    The writer of this book totally understands my life. She gets why I can't get anything done, why I both love and sometimes loathe being home with my kids. She understands how stay at home mothers work all the time but everyone thinks we don't work. This book is a morale booster for any exhausted full-time mom. (And there are parts I'm making my husband read, especially the sex chapter.)

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