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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Celebra (August 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451228073
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451228079
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rachel Campos-Duffy is AOL's parenting expert and writes two weekly columns for AOL. She has guest hosted The View and was a cast member on MTV's ground-breaking reality series The Real World. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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It's a good book, full of insight.
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This book is especially good for women who have recently chosen to stay home.
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I felt much better after reading this book.
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82 of 89 people found the following review helpful By B-burg Bulldog on October 24, 2009
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As a new at-home mom on a very limited budget, I was interested in reading this book in hopes that the author would provide creative ways to stay upbeat and enjoy being home without breaking the bank. Unfortunately, the author and her family clearly have much disposable income, enough for vacations and "hired help" twice a week. It is written from the perspective of a mom who desperately wanted to be in the working world but when she didn't receive the job she was hoping for, she ended up staying home with her kids instead. She makes it clear that at-home motherhood chose her, she did not choose it. I, on the other hand, have always wanted to be home with my children and have never been career driven. I have no problem telling people I'm an at-home mom, but the author seems to take this as a personal failure and a conversation killer. As difficult as it is, I am very satisfied to be home with my baby, doing my own cooking and cleaning, and figuring out how to make it on only one income. It isn't a bad book, simply not what I expected and clearly written by someone very different than me.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Laura Flannery on May 10, 2011
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While the author makes some good points in her book, she didn't really tell me anything I didn't already know. I was hoping/expecting something a little different. I also didn't realize how religious the book was going to be - if you aren't a religious person, this book isn't necessarily for you.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christina Hall on April 14, 2010
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Campos-Duffy delivers a tome full of personal stories and advice straight from her own experiences as a mother. Her sweet and candid writing style leaves readers feeling as if each chapter could be a hand-written letter meant to offer solace and wisdom on the trials and joys that go into at-home motherhood.

Stay Home, Stay Happy provides several anecdotes on what Campos-Duffy does in order to not only survive being a stay-at-home mother, but to embrace and enjoy the ride. This includes recognizing that motherhood is a family affair. She does well to point out the importance of having an open and supportive relationship with one's spouse, as well as leaning on strong female relationships for bouts of relief and guidance. She is also quick to remind mothers not to discount themselves in an atmosphere that can often breed chaos and cause caretakers to put themselves on the back-burner.

A woman well accomplished outside of the home, Campos-Duffy holds a master's degree in Pacific studies and international affairs, is a frequent guest co-host for The View, and is often sought by various news outlets for her opinions on current events and politics. The caliber of her resume makes it no small thing that she counts at-home motherhood as her most important charge.

The book may be geared toward at-home mothers, but its advice is applicable to parents of all life-styles. As she has written in the book, "We are not born good parents. We learn to be good parents."

Indeed, Campos-Duffy does not settle for finding day-to-day happiness, but is determined to seek a lifetime of enrichment for her and her family, and the families of her readers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tmnj on February 8, 2014
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This was a great book with a lot of knowledge and thought put into it. I have to say that I liked the, "National holiday",
Deer season quote that was put into the book. It was a no nonsense approach that was interesting to read. I am married to a professional woman and the book was all to real of what actually happens with kids and life at our home.
I find that if you open your mind and look at life from a different perspective, you can then learn to see the greatness in your life. Some of the reviews stated, that this book was too religious. I found that staying at home with children, you rely on God. Sometimes the days seem like they are years and other times the years seem like days.
Everyone has a culture in their house. She was kind enough to share their culture with us and make us realize that it is okay to be human and have things go up and down in our life with however many kids we have and whatever situations we may encounter.
Well written, and a great gift for people to let them know they are not alone.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Boston Bibliophile on September 15, 2009
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I am a stay at home mom who recently stopped working. This book is well written, quick and easy to read (essential for me these days), and most importantly filled with great tips on how to stay sane, and, well, "happy" in my new at home role (though a lot of these tips would work equally well if I were still going to the office). I also enjoyed the way that the author intermingled her personal stories with practical advice, which makes this book less dry than some of the other mommy "how-to" books I have read. The author doesn't claim everything is a bed of roses (which I really appreciated) but offers great advice on how to navigate through tough issues without getting too bogged down. The book isn't just about parenting but offers lots of tips on how to take care of myself while taking care of my family (which I believe is what sets this book apart from many of the books out there covering similar topics). Stay Home Stay Happy was well worth the read and I look forward to referring back to it again and again over the coming months.
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