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From the Back Cover

They number in the millions and they are incredibly important to families and to our society, yet they are underappreciated, little respected, and even controversial.

Who are they?

They are the stay-at-home moms.

These are women who know in their hearts that staying home to raise their children is the right choice for the whole family. Some do it from the outset of their marriages, while others make the difficult transition from career-driven women to homemakers. Either way, it is a choice that is incredibly rich and rewarding, not to mention challenging.

Now Dr. Laura, building on principles developed during her long career as a licensed marriage and family therapist, provides a wealth of advice and support, as well as compassion and inspiration, to women as they navigate the wonders and struggles of being stay-at-home moms.

Learn how:

  • to hold your head high and deal with naysayers;
  • to see the benefits of being home not only for your children but also for your marriage;
  • to understand the changes you see in yourself;
  • to realize that the sacrifices you endure now will make for lasting bonds and a stronger family, in addition to a more cohesive community.

In Praise of Stay-at-Home Moms is a special book, a profound and unique understanding of how important it is for mothers to raise their own children.

About the Author

Dr. Laura Schlessinger, a licensed marriage and family therapist, is one of the most popular talk-show hosts in radio history and the only woman to win the prestigious Marconi Award for syndicated radio. She is the author of twelve New York Times bestsellers, writes a daily blog, and is a regular Newsmax columnist. She is heard daily on Sirius/XM Channel 155 live, and her program is streamed and podcast on www.drlaura.com. Dr. Schlessinger has her own YouTube Channel (YouTube.com/drlaura). She is also the skipper and driver of a racing sailboat program that won the 2010 international race from Newport Beach to Cabo San Lucas. She and her husband live in Southern California.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers; 1 edition (April 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061690295
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061690297
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Laura Schlessinger received her Ph.D. in physiology from Columbia University and holds a post-doctoral certification from the University of Southern California and licensing in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is the author of nine New York Times bestsellers, including THE PROPER CARE AND FEEDING OF MARRIAGE. Her award-winning radio program is internationally syndicated by her Take On The Day company. It's broadcast every day on more than 250 stations, XM Satellite Radio, and the Armed Forces Network, and is stream-linked and podcast on www.drlaura.com.

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110 of 122 people found the following review helpful By MomOf3 on April 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Well it's been 4 years since I wrote this review, after my DH gave me the book. I'm still being frugal and staying at home, doing many things myself in order to pay for college. I only have a junior in HS at home now but still can't bring myself to reenter the workforce for what my aftertax income will be-it just isn't fair! We are preparing for a job transfer-cleaning out & renovating the house (which I love to do) & is the most effective use of my time right now-no point starting anything now.
Mother's day is around the corner with 2 kids away at college having their finals. I scoured the web without luck, looking for a nice reflection on the rewards of SAHM. I think I will write my kids a letter, thanking them for their success and how great that makes me feel-the most wonderful Mother's day gift of all! My rich reward-to see them mature into adults and accomplish their dreams. I continue to be amazed at my kids accomplishments and it brings me such joy to know I played a big role in that, despite how hard and unfulfilling it was when they were little. Fall is busy watching them compete in football & XC. My son is a year away from graduating w/a 4.0 in EE at the best engineering school in the country, president of his fraternity, captain of football....my daughter runs XC for a top 20 D1 NCAA team...& my HS junior is top notch Ultimate Frisbee & basketball ;) All 3 are very happy-what more could you ask for? Hang in there moms-your fulfillment is yet to come, it does get better. It wasn't easy & I DO have video to prove it ;)
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63 of 76 people found the following review helpful By steve on April 7, 2009
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Dr. Laura's new book In Praise of Stay at Home Moms is a blessing for us mothers who choose to stay home with our children. We need some recognition and praise for the sacrifices that us moms make. My husband works a full time job for very little money. He also tries to make some extra money on weekends so that we can barely make ends meet. We are not "LUCKY" to be able to stay home with our children, we made the choice. We eat PB&J sandwiches, drive crappy cars but live a very nice and happy life. If I went to work, we could have a lot more stuff that we don't really need. Nothing is worth Mommy Me being home to raise my children. If you don't like Dr. Laura, don't buy her book. Let us mother's who work very hard at home have a book of our own to let us know that we are doing what is best for our children.
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Long Beach, Ca.
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50 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Kari Yozviak on April 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I am excited to read this book. It is about time someone wrote a book praising stay at home moms. I have a confession, I am a working mom. Oh how I wish I could stay home. We have tried to work the budget, have only one car, we don't go on vacations or live extravagantly at all. I even buy my clothes at the second hand store. Unfortunately, my husband needs help supporting the family. I have arranged my work schedule so that I get home before get off the school bus and my husband takes them to school every morning. BUT I still miss a lot! I miss enjoying the warm summer days by the pool with my girls. I miss being able to stay home when they are sick for a week. I miss just relaxing in the evening and laughing with my kids because I have too much house work to do. This book is for young women without kids who want to know what being a mommy is all about. They should read it and make this lifestyle their goal. IF young women understand that being a mommy is the most important job in the world, perhaps they will make sure to choose a husband who will support this goal and provide accordingly.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Conka on April 7, 2009
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Listen up Ladies! You CAN do it all--just not all at one time. I took the very risky position to stay-at-home with my children years ago when there was NO support like Dr. Laura gives in this book. I decided to stay home with my first when I was making more income than my husband. I counted pennies and cried when I lost a baby's shoe at the park. I later took part-time jobs when my children were in school. I was elected mayor, honored with community awards and established a new career part-time and started a successful home business. My daughters were cheerleaders, a valedictorian, won awards in sports and both got scholarships to college--one a full ride. It really paid off to pinch pennies and put raising those girls first. Buck up and do it. Use this book to encourage you!
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Book Lover on April 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
To a previous commenter: How petty to talk about someone's clothing! That is the bitterness talking for sure!

I can't really rate this book yet, but I had to rate it somehow. I figured since I would rate her other books with five stars, I would rate this one with five stars, also.

I'm a woman with a lot of liberal views, yet I am conservative when it comes to family. I consider each issue, individually. I am going to buy this book! I am a stay-at-home-mom. Many may have perceptions of what kind of woman stays at home, so here is a little bit about me personally. I was raised by a SAHM who was lovely, nurturing, responsible and progressive, too! She graduated from university and was a public school teacher before my brother and I were born. She quit her job so that she would be free to be the most important person in our lives...MOM. She breast-fed us, made our baby food, taught us to read & to cook, took us to museums, exposed us to music and other cultures, encouraged us, and most of all, provided safety, comfort and stability.

I am now married to an amazing man who is my very best friend (my mom is my 2nd best friend). He supports our two kids and me in countless ways. He doesn't mind working hard to support us, because after work, he returns to his happy home. He pulls into the driveway knowing that the light is on and there is life in the house (sometimes a home-cooked meal...and sometimes takeout!). I care for and provide a home and security for our two children. We spend time together as a family and take the time out as a couple on the weekends. It is a wonderful life!

Trust me ladies, I know both sides of the coin. I used to work full-time in law-enforcement. It was shift-work.
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