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Product Details

  • Paperback: 239 pages
  • Publisher: Spencer & Waters (May 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967035902
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967035901
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #851,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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A must for all mothers who are or want to be at home with their children. -- Publishers Weekly

An important book which should be read by every woman considering motherhood. It may change the course of the history of her life and the life of her family. -- Arlene Rossen Cardozo, author of Sequencing

About the Author

Darcie Sanders and Martha M. Bullen are also the authors of Never Throw Out a Banana Again, and their latest book on home businesses, Turn Your Talents into Profits. As recognized authorities on self-employment and family issues, the authors have appeared on "Today," "CBS This Morning," and numerous other TV and radio talk shows, and have been featured in dozens of newspapers and magazines.

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Customer Reviews

This was one of the hardest decisions I have ever made.
Patricia S. Davis
Staying Home helps mothers navigate through their new circumstances and find creative strategies for making their at-home career work for them.
At-Home Mother magazine
Darcie Sanders and Martha Bullen have fully researched this book and their style of writing is personable, easy to follow, and interesting.
Northwest Baby & Child Magazine

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156 of 156 people found the following review helpful By Patricia S. Davis on January 30, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book was incredible. I am an attorney, with a two year old daughter and I am due with our second child in a few months. I have been working full-time since my daughter was born and have found it difficult to juggle my career and family life. When I found out I was pregnant with our second child, I was happy, but terrified as to how this would further impact my ability to continue with my career. I have been an attorney for five years, but I worked full-time and went to law school at night before I became an attorney. I have worked very hard to attain my professional goals and would not have thought of giving up my career when I had kids, until recently. I thought that women could have it all, kids and career, but I have found that, at least for me personally, I didn't feel like I was able to give 100% to either. This book really helped me to do some soul searching. It is based on a study of professional women who have chosen to stay home for a few years or indefinitely. It helped me to realize that while I love my job (and the income), it is okay (and, yes even normal) that my priorities have changed since becoming a mother. It was reassuring to know that I am not alone, and that other professional women have faced the same issues. Since reading this book, which I have now read twice in the last few weeks - the second time highlighting insightful sections/ideas - I have resigned from my firm and my last day will be shortly before my second child is born. This was one of the hardest decisions I have ever made. This book was invaluable in helping me to work though the psychological issues about staying home - such as loss of identity, loss of self worth and independence - which scared me even more than the financial implications.Read more ›
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
After weighing the options,I decided become a full-time mother to my 18-month old daughter. I received much encouragement from career-minded women that I was doing something that I would not regret ... and I do believe that. However, very few people talk of the difficulties in adjusting to at-home life after being successful in the competitive business world. Are you wasting your education? Becoming too dependent on someone else? Depriving your child of certain things due to a decrease in household income? Putting too much stress on your partner being the sole bread winner? Too many questions that I thought I was the only one grappling with. I'm not much on self-help books, but this book made me realize my concerns are being felt by most other women making this transition. I read this book after leaving my job, but I highly recommend it for anyone even thinking about the possibility of at-home motherhood. I know I made the right decision. This book simply affirms it!
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By C. Appel on April 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
In Staying Home, authors Darcie Sanders and Martha M. Bullen have taken a wealth of surveys, statistics, anecdotal evidence, and plain old common sense to put together a guide that every woman considering motherhood should read cover to cover.
What can a professional woman expect her life to be like after she's ditched the 9-to-5 world and become a stay-at-home mother? The transition will effect every aspect of her life, from relationships with husband, family and friends, to her own self-image and loss of professional identity. Other women may question the stay-at-home mother's choice and offer little support for her decision. But it isn't a bleak picture the authors have painted - on the contrary, the choice to become a full-time parent can be a liberating one. There are plenty of support groups and chances for mothers to network. This book goes the extra mile in giving women vital information to make intelligent and meaningful decisions in regard to themselves and their children's best interests. I wish I could have read this book about fifteen years ago, before I became a mom!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 21, 1999
Format: Paperback
I received Staying Home as a gift when I had been home with my first child for about 6 months. At that time, I was trying to decide whether or not to go back to work, and this book was exactly what I needed to read. Staying Home put into words the feelings that I had in my heart about being home with my son. It helped me to put things into perspective and to begin to take seriously my role as a mother at home.Over the past six years, I've recommended this book to dozens of other new mothers. And everytime I'm feeling a bit underappreciated in my role and need a boost, I pick up the book again and feel refreshed and renewed in my decision.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Surarj on August 14, 2000
Format: Paperback
I left my job to be a full time mom to my daughter, who is now 10 months old. Even though I love being with my daughter and KNOW I am doing the right thing for us, I have felt moments of self doubt.. After reading this book and taking it to heart, I have the confidence to face the world and be proud of my decision. The authors have even included a section on how to address the once dreaded "what do you do?" question - now I can answer with pride instead of hesitation! They also address other important issues, such as how to avoid isolation and transferring work skills to life at home with kids (and vice versa if you decide to return to the workforce later).
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