The Stay-at-Home Survival Guide

Field-tested strategies for staying smart, sane and connected while caring for your kids

— from the Preface, "Why is Stay-at-Home Motherhood Something to Survive?"


Published by Seal Press/Perseus Book Group

© 2021 The Stay-at-Home Survival Guide, Melissa Stanton

The author and her then very young trio.

A must-have book for any stay-at-home mom.

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The Stay-at-Home Survival Guide is a lively, intelligent and insightful book specifically written for and with women who are currently employed as the hands-on, 24/7 caregivers of their children. Unlike many other books on the subject, The Stay-at-Home Survival Guide does not sugarcoat, sentimentalize

or reduce to slapstick the realities of being a stay-at-home mom. Instead, author Melissa Stanton (a stay-at-home mother of three) and the women she interviewed acknowledge and address the perks and pitfalls of managing, enjoying and, yes, surviving their stay-at-home careers.

 "Surely, for some women, being a stay-at-home mother is an entirely magnificent, totally blissful, always fulfilling, happily-ever-after dream come true.
     This book isn't for those women.
     Instead, The Stay-at-Home Survival Guide is

for all the other women out there who are doing t

he 24/7, hands-on work of raising children by being full-time stay-at-home moms— be they brand new mothers or veterans — and who, from time to

time, struggle with the challenges of this kind of in-the-trenches motherhood." 

In The Stay-at-Home Survival Guide,  stay-at-home moms talk about:

  • The transition from career to home
  • Money matters
  • Having one child or many
  • Sex and marriage
  • Household-chore expectations
  • Friendships
  • Loneliness and boredom
  • Self-esteem and identity issues
  • Daily life and the daily grind
  • Caring for a child with special needs
  • Coping strategies
  • Creating time for yourself
  • When or if to return to the workforce