Sunday, January 25, 2009

Reviews of The Stay-at-Home Survival Guide

Media & Blogger Reviews

"Becoming a Stay-at-Home mother shifts your entire world, and Melissa Stanton gets it. This intelligent, sensible, hands-on guide will help at-home moms navigate thr rocky waters of time, money, self-image, self-esteem, sex, friendship, and everything else." Ericka Lutz, author of On the Go With Baby

"This book is wonderful, with chapters like Money Matters, Sex and the Stressed Out Stay-at-Home Mom and Motherhood: Who's the Expert? A must read for all Stay-at-Home Moms."

"I seriously cannot gush enough about this book ... And as much as the book says it is for stay-at-home moms, there is a ton of info that is JUST as valuable to a working mom."

"I started reading this book ... and those were my feelings she was writing about! ... This sentence really stood out to me: 'If there's one thing I hope women will learn from this book, it's that it is okay to sometimes not love being a Stay-at-Home mom.' Just reading that one sentence was like a weight lifted off my shoulders." — Big Blueberry Eyes at

"Melissa Stanton is great at being honest about the issues associated with being a stay-at-home mom, but also encouraging that you are not alone... I loved her style because even when she is encouraging, she doesn't come across as a high school cheerleader on speed! She is practical and honest, which is refreshing."—

"Stay-at-home mommas now have an excellent new book to help guide and educate them on their path.... The day of a stay-at-home mom is not glamorized (thank god), politicized, or judged. I'd recommend this book to moms new to the stay-at-home routine, as well as to those mommies who have been at if for years... And best for busy mommies: It is a quick and enjoyable read." — Heather Laird,

"Every time I get the urge to punch someone for saying, 'You don't know how lucky you are to be able to stay home,' I think I'll pick up this book instead." — Book Haven at

"I highly recommend this book to all stay-at-home moms, dads, or those who just want to understand what it's like to be in our shoes. You'll feel an instant camaraderie with Stanton and the moms who share their experiences in the book. And what stay-at-home mom couldn't use a little camaraderie?" — So a Blonde Walks Into a Review at

"Stanton addresses the real issues that affect stay-at-home parents." — Dancing Meatballs-Philadelphia

"The Stay-at-Home Survival Guide has advice on everything from dealing with money matters to keeping up with housework to babyproofing on-the-cheap. 5 Stars out of 5!" —

"A terrific resource ... [with] plenty of practical advice." — Washington Parent

"The Stay-at-Home Survival Guide has been pivotal for me in the way I view my role as a stay-at-home mom in my own family and in my society." — Beth, blogger at

"The Guide is a wonderful resource for stay-at-home moms, and it will definitely be added to my list of book recommendations I give to pregnant friends. The topics are well-organized, made for the mom that only has snippets of reading time... And the next time I meet a 'life is perfect, I'm blissfully happy' SAHM, I won't feel overburdened by guilt for thinking I'm a terrible mother." —

"It's nice to have a non-preachy, non-patronizing resource to consult when you feel like you're being stretched too thin.... The Stay-at-Home Survival Guide is kind of like a What to Expect ... for Stay-at-Home Moms. [It's a] book I expect to reach for whenever I feel like locking myself in a bathroom to get away from a sassy four year old." —

"There are a couple books I recommend without reservation, and this is one of them." —

"The Stay-at-Home Survival Guide
is full of practical insights from the author, and the many real-life women she interviewed. Topics covered include the ups and downs of stay-at-home motherhood, mothering multiple children, and en especially beneficial chapter on finances." The Proverbial Housewife

"The Stay-at-Home Survival Guide is, in my view, a must-have for every stay-at-home parent. Melissa Stanton doles out generous amounts of compassion (because stay-at-home parenting is HARD!) along with sensible, creative advice."

"Perfect for: Any mom who has felt she has the best job in the world, and the worst job in the world, all within a two-minute timeframe."

"If you ever feel like you're a giant freak show for feeling a particular way about being a SAHM, this book will let you know you aren't alone."

"The Stay-at-Home Survival Guide speaks volumes without being preachy, overtly tongue-in-cheek or feeding the 'Mommy Wars' ... [There's] support throughout the book that is relative to all aspects of motherhood, whether you are a SAHM (stay-at-home mom), WAHM (work-at-home mom), or a mother re-entering the workforce."
Mom Writer's Literary Magazine

"I LOVED this book.... I loved how Melissa Stanton writes the truth of what being at home with your children really is... I found myself thinking 'right on sister' at many points during this book!"
Wesnlani at

"Ever have conflicted feelings about staying home with your kids? You are not alone. Being a stay-at-home mom is a mixed blessing. Sometimes we absolutely love being home with our kids, and sometimes we can't stand it. From extensive surveys, this book is full of practical advice and affirmations."
Parents Digest

"Thanks to this new book by Melissa Stanton, [Stay-at-Home moms] have somewhere to turn whever [they're] feeling a little lonely, under-appreciated, or overwhelmed."

"Among the things that I wish I'd had when I started having kids [20 years ago] ... maternity clothes that worked with the bulge and not against it, effective generic diapers, and Melissa Stanton's book, The Stay-at-Home Survival Guide. This book rocks! " Kellie Davis, Anchorage Family Examiner

Personal messages from readers:

"It was great to read a book by someone who understands what we're going through—rather than those books by celebrities or therapists who have full-time help raising their kids!" Julie

"I'm a former teacher and relatively new SAHM (2 kiddos, 17 months and 8 months) and desperately needed help figuring it all out. Being at home with my girls is by far the most draining thing I have ever done—and I used to keep up with a classroom full of first graders! Your book has helped me become a better (rested, recharged, realistic) mama. Thank you so much for taking the time to share such important and insightful advice. Stephanie

"I found [your book] one night when, after a particularly long week, I Googled 'mind numbing stay at home mom' ... Thank you for being so honest about all we SAH moms feel. I feel so much better knowing that many other mothers are going through the same trials and tribulations It's usually hard to get moms to be honest. Most just say what a blessing it is, but many don't say it's so hard sometimes, and you don't enjoy every day, and THAT'S OK!!! I've felt everything you talked about in your book and identified with so many (like the lady whose degrees mock her or the lady who feels like she's in the movie Groundhog Day as she lives the same day over and over). I've felt the same as almost every mom in your book, and I can't tell you how happy I am with your honesty on each subject." Jill

"You did a wonderful job of relaying all the mixed feeling moms at home can experience. Sometimes, I felt like I was reading my own words. I picked your book up over the course of many evenings and it gave me great comfort." Pam

"I could relate to so, so much of everything written... Not only was [your book] supportive and encouraging to reassure the reader they're doing the right thing, but it was very educational, especially the chapter on finances. Very real stuff, very wise and very much necessary for women everywhere, no matter their circumstance." Bhavna

Amazon reviews:

"I bought 4 different books on the topic, and ONE did help. This one. More than that it was a lifesaver. I felt like I wasn't alone in the struggles I was facing. This book gave me confidence ... Now knowing that I wasn't the only mom who struggled with all the tasks of stay at home parenting I confessed my struggles to [a mom at a playgroup] and you could see her great relief... This book could easily be titled "The Secret Confessions of Stay at Home Moms." I loved it and would recommend it to anyone and everyone thinking about staying at home with their kids. Most important, this book does not peg employed mothers and non-employed mothers against one another. It respects the decisions of both. It just helps the later to cope better with theirs." —"A No Longer Struggling Stay at Home Mom," reader

[The Stay-at-Home Survival Guide]
has been instrumental in helping me adjust to being a SAHM. The advice is articulate and concrete. Chapters are organized according to specific issues. I actually loved the book so much I read it cover-to-cover and then went back to review specifics. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is considering, or who is, a stay-at-home parent." — S. Dahl, reader

"This book is a must-read for all women who are either considering staying home with their kids or who have been doing it for years. It is encouraging and honest without being condescending." — PW Mom, reader

"This is a real world book for real world moms." — Jljmr, reader

"In my work I counsel parents and I recommend this book to the moms who stay home. I read it, and enjoyed it greatly, even though I've already survived those years. The author is smart, supportive, nonjudgmental and really captures the reality of stay at home motherhood. [The book] helps moms who are struggling with the daily grind of motherhood realize they aren't alone in sometimes feeling bored, frustrated, lonely, vulnerable, overwhelmed. I also recommend the book to mothers who are thinking about leaving the workforce, not to change their mind, but so they are prepared." — Cary Ann, reader

"Finally a real perspective on what it's like to be at home, with kids, all day, every day ... and not loving it all day, every day. I found the book totally validating." — J. Beard, reader

"I know this author and work at a children's boutique so we got a few copies and put them out for display. The books were a hit! Although a few moms bought the book for themselves, even more people who came in to buy something for a child wound up buying the book to give as a gift to a mom. Husbands would say, "Oh, I think my wife needs this." Grandmothers would say, "My daughter really needs this." It was interesting to see. I'm getting more books." — Jen, reader

"The insights and anecdotes are well chosen and capture the angst that many professional, educated moms experience when making this change. A great read." — Lyn, reader

"I could so relate to the author and the other stay-at-home moms in the book. What I loved about this book is that it acknowledges that while children are a blessing, and in today's economic times families like ours are fortunate to be able to live on one income, many SAH moms struggle with the role. I loved that the author and the moms she interviewed could be honest about their often mixed feelings about being 24/7 hands-on mothers. I feel that way. The book made me feel good, as a stay-at-home mom, and as the working mom I was and might be again. I also loved that the author doesn't play into the Mommy Wars. Women with children need to support one another, not snipe at one another" — MayaMc, reader

"Great book, especially the money chapter ... I learned so much about insurances, Social Security benefits, retirement money, titling property and how to negotiate living on one income and as a woman not being at financial risk.... Women really need to know the stuff in this chapter. (And the Sex chapter is good too.)" Maureen, reader
"This is a book pediatricians and ob/gyns should give to parents, or highly suggest [that] their patients read."E. Nolan, reader

"I'd recommend this book for any new stay at home mom who is feeling a bit alone and lost."Jess, reader

"This author totally gets what it's like to be a stay at home mom, especially to little kids. I felt like she and the moms interviewed for the book totally understand what I'm going through." Michkins, reader

"I read [this book] in two days. I couldn't put it down. For any highly degreed SAHM with conflicted emotions about the role she has chosen, this is the IT book. [The Stay-at-Home Survival Guide] helped me immensely to come to peace with my decision. It explores the thoughts and feelings of women like me. I loved and highly recommend it."Sarah W. reader

"This book is great! I am a stay at home Mom to 19-month-old twins. I love my kids, but the lack of adult [interaction can be] terrible. I thought something was wrong with me because I didn't love every minute of staying home. This book let me know I am not crazy and not alone. I am learning ways to meet my needs while I nurture my children. This book was a godsend!" Louise, reader

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