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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
     

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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by Melissa Stanton
 

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)

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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 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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The Capital
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580052474
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
06/28/2008
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
838,543
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.10(d)

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Wendy
"Let me start of by saying that I LOVED this book. The Stay-At-Home Survival Guide by Melissa Stanton is definitely a must read for anyone who is a stay at home Mom, work at home Mom, or Mom's who are even thinking of becoming one. This book talks about the wonderful side of staying at home right along with the challenges that you will face. Not only financially, but mentally and emotionally as well. I never felt like I was being preached at while reading this book but only encouraged. I loved how Melissa Stanton writes the truth of what being at home with your children really is."--(Wendy, wesnlani.blogspot.com)
Jill
"This book is great on so many different levels. It let's us all know (stay at home parent or working parent) that we all are doing what is best for our families. We're all trying our best. And we all just need a happy place to go to in the midst of all the chaos. And that we totally shouldn't beat ourselves up for having a bad day, or for just not wanting to play tea party for the tenth time that hour. This is also a great book for our working husbands to read. I don't think they completely get how much energy and life these little children suck out of us!"--(Jill, livelaughblog.com/2008/06/11/the-ultimate-survival-guide)

Meet the Author

MELISSA STANTON is a magazine and web editor and the author of The Stay-at-Home Survival Guide. She lives in the Annapolis area with her husband and three children. She was inspired to write My Pen Pal, Santa when her daughter wrote a letter to Santa after Christmas, thanking him for her gifts and inquiring about some uneaten cookies. JENNIFER A. BELL is a children's book and greeting card illustrator. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her husband and son. You can find her online at JenniferABell.com

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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 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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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.
Busy__Mom More than 1 year ago
I was perplexed, wondering what could be so hard about not having a job outside the home. To ParentsDigest I went, reading summaries so I could find a book that offered me an expert's insight on the pitfalls of being a stay at home mother. By reading this book, I not only found a way to be supportive of my friend, I found a deeper understanding of the thoughts and feeling that she deals with on a daily basis, things I'd never considered. Great read, glad I bought and read it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.)