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Stay Home, Stay Happy: 10 Secrets to Loving At-Home Motherhood Paperback – August 25, 2009
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Rachel Campos-Duffy writes with a friendly conversational style that invites the reader in to discuss motherhood, as you would with a friend over coffee. You smile, you laugh, and nod your head at times in a knowing way. She becomes a girl friend who is sharing her story, her difficulty, and advice as you reflect upon your own.
The section dedicated to centering your life as a mother through the importance of prayer resonated with me. With many little kids and a busy life, she is practical in her approach of how to achieve a prayer life in the midst of a full family life.
"Prayer will give you and your family strength"
Rachel manages to weave her Catholic Christian faith throughout the book in an unassuming and pleasant way, revealing the importance faith plays in her role as a mother and in their family life.
The idea that we should have friends who are experienced moms to turn to for wisdom and perspective is an important yet oftentimes overlooked relationship. The section on how to choose a mommy mentor made me examine my close mom friendships to discover if anyone is fulfilling that role for me. And then consider how I provide that role to another friend.
Sprinkled throughout the book are helpful fun quizzes that reinforce the message of each section. Taking the quiz, "Are You Making the Most of Family Time? What's Your Home's Personality?" opened my eyes to how I, as the mother, set the tone for our entire house.Read more ›
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.
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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This book contains excellent, practical advice on parenting, raising children and teaching them responsibility and good values. Read morePublished on March 16, 2014 by Maude Dahlberg
Wow!! What an amazing book...I felt myself falling into a slump as a stay at home mom. Thank you Rachel for renewing my persepctive and for reminding me why I chose to be a stay... Read morePublished on October 16, 2010 by Danielle Welsch
While this book has a few good suggestions for at home Moms, I found it a little too saccharin and syrupy for my taste. Read morePublished on September 19, 2010 by KM Mom
This book was an easy read, filled with helpful tips, reminders and encouragement for stay at home moms. Read morePublished on May 13, 2010 by Chancey Montang
This was a fun book to read! I really enjoyed it. It inspired me to be a better mother...however there are better parenting books out there. Read morePublished on February 8, 2010 by The Sugary
As a new stay at home Mom, I thought this book was great! It's an easy read and full of useful tips and tidbits. Read morePublished on February 5, 2010 by packerbacker80