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Stay-At-Home Dads: The Essential Guide to Creating the New Family Paperback – August 1, 2001

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More and more couples, former broadcast media executive Gill reports, are making a decision that is changing child-raising patterns in America. While women are opting to be bread winners, men are tending the home fires and the children. Once earners, these stay-at-home-dads (SAHDs) need help making the transition. Although this guide might help men decide to become SAHDs, it's too uneven to use as a comprehensive planner; the treatment of topics (stereotypes, career planning, etc.) tends to be cursory. Gill also dilutes her work by excluding research references, as when she points to "hard scientific data on daycare" without providing any figures or citations. While a chapter on maintaining sexual sparks is constructive, it's not enough to compensate for other lackluster material, such as the chapter on money and budgeting. At a mere 16 pages, this chapter includes dealing with emotions concerning money and cheesy tips on stretching a buck, effectively reducing the chapter to six pages. Most men will get more out of a generic parenting book. Not recommended. Douglas C. Lord, Connecticut State Lib., Hartford
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Libby Gill is a veteran of development, production, and corporate communications for Studios USA, Universal Television, Sony Pictures Entertainment Television Group, and Turner Broadcasting West Coast. During much of that time, her husband has been a stay-at-home dad to their two young sons.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; First Edition edition (September 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452282748
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452282742
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,069,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I found this to be a wonderful book for both stay at home dads and also their wives. I have been staying home with my three children for five years now while my wife has been pursuing her career. As I read this book I found myself marking pages for my wife to read. Libby Gill was able to identify and clarify so many of the unique issues my wife and I have lived. It gave us both a better understanding of each other, and as a result our communication and support for each other has improved ten fold. There are so many unspoken challenges any family with a stay at home parent will experience. This book looks at these challenges and presents effective ways to look at them, and deal with them. I believe that whether you are a man or a woman, if you are at home with the kids now or simply thinking about your choices, you should read this book.
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Libby Gill did a superb job writing a book on a parenting topic that has been misunderstood for quite some time -Stay-At-Home Dads. In her book "Stay-At-Home Dads: The Essential Guide To Creating The New Family," Gill provides an honest and in-depth look at the stay-at-home dad lifestyle. She presents the practical reasons behind the choice these dads and their spouses made, the issues and daily challenges they faced together, how they resolved them, and how they managed to make the stay-at-home dad lifestyle work for their families. What is most impressive about Gill's book is that she does not impose a self-prescribed one-size-fits-all philosophy to parenting. That's because much of the information Gill provides comes from the interviews she conducted with the stay-at-home dads and their spouses. She eloquently addresses both sides of the coin in a well-balanced format. One that presents a TEAM (Together Everybody Achieves More) approach in which parenting is viewed and treated as an equal partnership. Gill's book, however, is about more than just the stay-at-home dad lifestyle. It is about the love, commitment, and passion that drives these parents to put the needs of their children first. In today`s world "putting children first" is easier said than done. But Gill, along with the parents, in this book, demonstrate how any parenting couple can make the stay-at-home lifestyle a successful and rewarding endeavor. Gills book is not just a book for parents who want to consider the stay-at-home dad lifestyle to read. It is a book every parent should read. How invigorating it was to finally read a book that offers an insight into parenting that any parent can relate to and benefit from. Hogan Hilling, Proud Stay-at-home dad
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I emphatically do not recommend this book. It is pandering and includes such gems as "dad's still do most of the driving" and reminders to let your husband pay the bill at restaurants as not to emasculate him. No real advice for men who are navigating not only a new chapter in their own lives, but a new socioeconomic reality.
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I was looking for a resource for my Son who recently became laid off from his job and has 3 small children. This was a total shock to his family and needless to say he felt lost and very confused with this dramatic change happening suddenly in his life. Him being my only Son there is only so much advise and support I could offer. After reading the stay at home dads essential guide he has since been able to accept his new role at home regardless of how temporary it will be. This is a fantastic book as it approaches the physiological aspect that not only the men face but their spouses as well from every angle. I do believe this book was one of the best gifts I could have given my son at this point in his life. Other resources that we have found to be valuable is the stay at home dads recipe cook books since eating out all the time can be quite expensive.The Stay-at-Home Dad's Recipe Cook Book (60 Meats & Savory Side Dish Favorites)
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Libby Gill's book "Stay-at-Home Dads" is a refreshing insightful look into the concept of the family. With so many families struggling with a two-career existence and starting a family, it's reassuring to know that there are many different solutions. It's wonderful to know that there are already so many families who put their children's welfare first. Libby Gill provides a guide to others considering how to maintain a healthly work-family balance and how to make your lifesytle child-centered.
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