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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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  • 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: #846,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Even after eight years as a stay at home mom, a book with the title, Stay Home, Stay Happy; 10 Secrets to Loving At-Home Motherhood sparks my interest. Who doesn't want to know all the secrets that will help us be happy, thankful, and appreciate the best job in the world even when the going seems tough?

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.
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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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This book is especially good for women who have recently chosen to stay home. Everyone needs a support system and Rachel provides comfort and good advice along with validation for the choice to stay home. Reading it is like calling up a good friend and having a nice long chat. She is a great mentor to those moms aspiring to make their families their career during the short time they are young.
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I really enjoyed this book from cover to cover. There are helpful ideas and many circumstances that I now realize are very common with stay at home moms. I will be sure to share this book with friends!
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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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