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Loving Life as an At-Home Mom Paperback – September 15, 2006
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Reading this book made me feel like I was talking to an older and wiser friend. Donna Otto writes this book from a Christian perspective, which some readers may feel uncomfortable or turn them off altogether.
Donna wisely points out that nobody, not even the most highly trained and paid professional nanny or babysitter can raise your child as well as you can. And she provides the research to back up her claims.
Donna makes a rather compelling case against daycare and backs it up with study after study. This book will probably make working mothers feel extremely guilty but Donna acknowledges that and says that "God has given us the emotion of guilt to redirect us."
The book takes a detailed and in-depth look at how your life will change when you make the transition from working mom to stay at home mom and she offers advice and suggestions on how to best cope. There's also some sound advice on how to deal with criticism from your boss, co-workers, family members and friends with regards to your decision to become a stay at home mom. There are also many useful tips on personal goal setting as it applies to stay at home moms. And if you're concerned about losing your personal identity once you give up your job, Donna offers some great advice and support as well.
There was also an unexpected section on dressing well (I agree, no frumpy sweats!)
The section on time-management was also full of great advice. And Donna shared some old-fashioned (but great) advice on both marriage and parenting. I found the chapter on organization really useful, even though I consider myself to be quite organized.
If money is an issue (and it almost always is!) then there's a section devoted to making money from home. It's rather basic but it does point you in the direction of other resources if you would like to pursue this avenue further.And the chapter on saving money helps you to stretch your money even further.
Even though I didn't particularly like the overtly Christian flavor to the book, I found it to be well worth the read.
What about your education? Will it be wasted? What about your finances? Your emotional health? Your status as a woman? Are you going to be bored? Can you handle being home? These issues are covered in the first part of the book. Further chapters discuss ministry in the home, finding your identity as a mother, growth as a person, overcoming housekeeping problems, and raising children with strong character.
One chapter of this book deals with finding a mentor who can guide you in a homemaking career. She also talks about friendships and sisterhood and touches briefly on how to earn money at home, how to make your home a place you love, and how to work with your husband and emotionally support him in his efforts to provide for and lead the family.
Otto is a home-and-life management expert. She is the founder of Homemakers By Choice and a speaker for women's groups nationwide. She has written several other books: Finding Purpose as a Mom, Secrets to Getting More Done in Less Time and Finding a Mentor, Being a Mentor.
I recommend the book to moms who are considering the possibilities of staying at home with their families and need some guidance to make that decision. It gives answers to the woman who has just recently taken time off from her career to be with her newborn and who wonders if she should make the change permanent. - Elece Hollis, Christian Book Previews.com