ABOUT THE AUTHOR|Prior to becoming the mother of a son and twin daughters, Melissa Stanton was a senior editor at People and LIFE magazines. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, Glamour, Parenting, The Atlantic and Brain,Child, among other publications and websites. Melissa wrote The Stay-at-Home Survival Guide in 2007 by working late at night and, on occasion, during daylight hours while, she says, "being interrupted to feed, chauffeur, entertain, mediate and overall care for my three kids." She returned to the full-time paid workforce in 2010 after eight years as a stay-at-home mom. In 2013, Random House published Melissa's first children's book,

My Pen Pal, Santa. About The Stay-at-Home Survival Guide, Melissa says, "If there's one thing I hope a stay-at-home mom will learn from this book, it's that it's okay to sometimes not love being a stay-at-home mom. It doesn't mean you don't love your children. It doesn't mean you'd make a different choice if you had a do-over. It definitely doesn't mean you're a bad mother. Few people love their job every minute of the day. The same goes for the job of being a stay-at-home parent."

Because mothers of small children don't have much time to themselves, this "Support-Group-in-a-Book" can be read for a few minutes here and there, a chapter or even a sidebar or page at the time.

(Note: Many men are stay-at-home parents, too, and some write about the experience. This particular guide was written for a  female readership. See the publisher info below.)

  The Stay-at-Home Survival Guide

Melissa is among the great"mom writers" featured inCourageous Parents, Confident Kids: Letting Go So You Both Can Grow, edited by Amy Tiemann, Ph.D. She is a contributor toDare, Dream, Do: Remarkable Things Happen When You Dare to Dream, by Whitney Johnson, investment adviser and Harvard Business Review blogger. Melissa's essay 'Supermoms' Should Tell the Truth About Their Perfect Lives appeared as part of The Atlantic's series The Myth of the Work-Life Balance.

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ABOUT THE PUBLISHER |The Stay-at-Home Survival Guide was published in 2008 by Seal Press, an imprint of Perseus Books. Founded in 1976 to provide a forum for women writers and women's issues, Seal publishes groundbreaking books "for women, by women" that represent the diverse voices and interests of women, their lives, literature and concerns. Seal's list includes books on women's health, parenting, relationships, adventure, travel, popular culture, gender and current affairs. For more information about Seal Press/Perseus Books or The Stay-at-Home Survival Guide, visit sealpress.com.