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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Da Capo Press, Feb 23, 2009 - Family & Relationships - 288 pages
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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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When I read this book I felt like I was spending time with a friend who totally understands my life. I had a big career, left it to care for my kids, but sometimes want to run screaming from doing ... Read full review


Whos the Expert? 209
10 The Mommy Brain or Why We Often Cant Think Straight 225
11 Get Me Out of Here 243
12 You Gotta Have Friends 259
13 Surviving and Seeking Solitary Confinement and Other Strategies for Staying Sane 285
14 Wheres My StandIn? 315
15 Making Your Comeback or Not 335
Taking Pride in What We Do 355

4 JackieofAllTrades 83
5 Money Matters 111
6 Ms or Mrs Smith? 155
7 True Love + Kids Real Life 173
8 Sex and the StressedOut StayatHome Mom 189
Afterword 371
Final Words of Wisdom from the Experts 375
The Moms You Met 379

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About the author (2009)

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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