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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 (August 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452282748
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452282742
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,396,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After nearly twenty years in senior leadership roles at media giants Universal, Sony and Turner Broadcasting, as well as the PR/branding brain behind the launch of the Dr. Phil Show, Libby is now CEO of business coaching and brand strategy firm Libby Gill & Company. A sought-after international speaker, Libby is one of a handful of female speakers with C-level experience, top-notch content and dynamic delivery.

Her clients include ABC-Disney, Avery Dennison, CA Technologies, Deloitte, Eli Lilly, GoDaddy, Kellogg's, Microsoft, Oracle, PayPal, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Safeway, The Conference Board, Wells Fargo, and many more. A frequent media guest, Libby has shared her success strategies on CNN, NPR, the Today Show, and in BusinessWeek, Time, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and more.

With a focus on helping individuals and organizations "capture the mindshare" - that is, the heads and hearts - of their customers, colleagues and communities, Libby delivers keynote addresses, custom training programs, and executive coaching for companies desiring to create a culture of risk-taking, innovation and bold leadership. Her proven "Clarify, Simplify & Execute" process inspires people to maximize their "Leadership DNA," build high-passion/high-performance teams; and increase employee engagement through authentic brands.

Deciding she would answer the call of entrepreneurship, Libby left the corporate world and founded Libby Gill & Company in November 2000. As she was reinventing her professional life, Libby's personal life also underwent a major transition. She chronicled her journey of overcoming the self-perceived limitations left behind by a family legacy of alcoholism, divorce, mental illness and suicide in her bestselling book TRAVELING HOPEFULLY: How to Lose Your Family Baggage and Jumpstart Your Life.

Libby's award-winning book YOU UNSTUCK: Mastering the New Rules of Risk-taking in Work and Life has been endorsed by business leaders including Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh and Dr. Ken Blanchard. Her latest book, CAPTURE THE MINDSHARE AND THE MARKET SHARE WILL FOLLOW: The Art and Science of Building Brands, will be released in August 2013.

A former columnist for the Dallas Morning News and a member of the Author's Guild, Libby lives in Los Angeles and is the proud mother of two fabulous sons, a college senior and a high school senior.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By William R. Laut on November 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Hogan Hilling on August 28, 2001
Format: Paperback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "allilevine" on September 6, 2001
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Erik Thompson on November 5, 2001
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There is a long-standing misconception that women are much better suited to raising children than men. There is also a long-standing belief that if only one parent is going work then it has to be the man. Baloney! As Ms. Gill points out in her wonderful new book, men are more than capable of assuming the primary care-giver role. "Stay-At-Home-Dads" is a fascinating look into the lives of these families and the challenges that they face. It is expertly researched and has a wealth of information for those of us who want to play a bigger role in our children's lives, but haven't had the courage to do so.
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