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It just sort of happened as the result of a confluence of events -- her husband taking an out-of-state job, her own long commute to a high-pressure New York magazine editing job, and the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
'I woke up one day and said, `You know what? That's it. I need to live a different life,'?' she said.
Ms. Stanton, who now lives in Davidsonville, admits she didn't know quite what she was getting into when she left the workforce. But she's gained a lot of experience and is determined to pass it on to other women.
Her book, 'The Stay-at-Home Survival Guide: Field-Tested Strategies for Staying Smart, Sane, and Connected While Caring for Your Kids,' came out June 1. It packs plenty of advice for moms who may be feeling a bit isolated and under-appreciated in their new roles.
'It's so chock-full of tips (and) practical things,' said Krista Lyons-Gould, publisher of Berkeley-based Seal Press, which put out the guide.
Ms. Stanton, 43, consulted with about 100 stay-at-home mothers and surveyed more than 60 in detail to gain a broad perspective for the book.
The guide includes chapters on everything from finances and friends to sex and strategies for keeping sane.
'There's a little humor and a lot of substance,' said Ginny Meerman of Edgewater, who has four children and has been a stay-at-home mother for 18 years.
'I'm still amazed that I did it,' she said. 'The book was a lot of work, but it was really good to have done it. I hope it gets attention. I think it's a useful book.' -- Hometown Annapolis, June 19, 2008
No one ever said that staying home with kids was easy. But now, thanks to this new book by Melissa Stanton, you'll have somewhere to turn whenever you're feeling a little lonely, under-appreciated, or overwhelmed. Stanton, a magazine editor turned stay-at-home herself, understands all too well both the joys and the challenges that come with staying home with your children full time. For this book, she draws not only on her own experience, but also on the experiences of other moms, who she spoke to and surveyed at length. With information about dealing with everything from money and scheduling to friendships and marriage, Stanton has the advice you need for every situation and the sympathy and understanding you've been hoping for. No one understands a stay-at-home mom like another stay-at-home mom, which gives Stanton the insights to make this Survival Guide a valuable resource for moms everywhere. -- Mom Central, June 26, 2008
Definitely a necessity for any new stay at home mom!
This book has helped me realize that I'm not alone in how I'm feeling, and that I'm not a bad mom for sometimes not wanting to spend my day being a mom.
Highly recommend reading this book (if you can find the time to sit down with it)...great shower gift too for the new mom!
This book was extremely well-written: fun, lively, and easy to follow. This is important since, if you're like me, you're reading this book in five minute chunks with a somewhat... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Monika Ulrich Myers
I began reading this book, and within minutes I felt validated on so many levels. I recently left my job to become a stay at home mom, and so many things were touched on that I... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was recommended this book by a friend and it was a great read. I'm not alone in the daily struggles :)Published 13 months ago by Nicole
Hooray! Finally a positive book about staying at home. This book tells you not only how tough it is (with good tips to make it a bit easier) but also how isolating it (again with... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Wünderbar Mutti
I began searching for a book on this subject when I was struggling between the decision to resume my career after the birth of my children, or stay home to raise them. Read morePublished 15 months ago by sistina
This book was heavy on complaints and light on strategies for dealing with them. Don't buy this unless you want to feel worse about being a stay-at-home mom.Published 16 months ago by Lindsay Grass
This was more sociological study of stay at home momhood than survival guide but it still had great ideas and inspiration. I could relate to a lot of the moms in the book. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Kristopher Barleben
Relieved a whole bunch of stress and give me some sanity. This lady is an amazing writer! I think men should read this book too.Published 21 months ago by Samatha dudes