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In Praise of Stay-at-Home Moms

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  1,103 ratings  ·  371 reviews
They number in the millions and they are incredibly important to families and to our society, yet they are underappreciated, little respected, and even controversial.

Who are they?

They are the stay-at-home moms.

These are women who know in their hearts that staying home to raise their children is the right choice for the whole family. Some do it from the outset of their marr
Paperback, Large Print, 224 pages
Published April 7th 2009 by HarperLuxe (first published 1997)
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I had a friend recommend this to me and I only got through about half of it. Don't get me wrong-- I have praise for stay-at-home moms too, and certainly I think there is a case for staying home with your children. Dr. Laura is just not making that case. In fact I think she made stay-at-home moms look more small-minded and condescending than I could have imagined was possible, all while insulting every woman on the planet who doesn't spend every waking and would-be sleeping moment coddling and nu ...more
Skylar Burris
I’m all for hearing myself praised. And in this day and age, it is especially difficult for stay at home moms to feel appreciated; we are often told we are wasting our brains or educations, or we are met with the “What do you do for a living? …. Oh.” But this book, like many of Dr. Laura’s books, is disorganized, quite repetitive, and a little shrill. It contains thrown together quotes from e-mails and her talk show, loosely gathered into chapters.

It didn’t really make me feel all that proud of
I thought I would like this book more, considering I'm a stay-at-home mom. And her message is great: it's a nice change to hear someone saying that being there for your kids is important, as I believe it is.

But the tone of this book bothered me. The over-casual writing style and a few dumbed-down grammatical choices (like less instead of fewer and a few others) led me to believe that either Dr. Laura or her editor or both feels that stay-at-home moms (or SAHMs, as she calls them) need to be talk
Melanie Atkinson
This book was suggested to me by my mother (a former stay at home mom) on a particularly rough day with my three small sons. Needing an emotional boost of some sort, I waited for my husband to get home from work and then headed straight for Barnes & Noble. We're on a tight budget so the $25.99 price wasn't cheap for us, but it was worth the investment. I needed to read every word in that book.
Dr. Laura begins by promising the book is designed to validate those moms who have chosen to remain
To be honest, I couldn't finish it. When you choose a path in life, you often search out those who validate and support your choice to buoy you on days when your path is challenging. However, after the first two or three chapters, I felt that the author was so negative towards those whose choice was not mine, that it bordered on superiority. I do not believe that all women who do not stay home with their children do so because of selfishness. She didn't seem to even acknowledge that so many do s ...more
Kater Cheek
I chose to be a stay-at-home mom, and did so for more than a decade, so it came as a surprise to me that a book dedicated to lauding my decision would piss me off so much. I'm giving it three starts, because I enjoyed reading it. Apparently, I kind of like to be pissed off. It gives me great fodder for book reviews.

I've read other books by Dr. Laura, including the ten things people do to mess up their lives. For those of you who haven't been exposed to her books or her talk show, she's basicall
As a stay-at-home and homeschooling mother I have at times felt the derision from working mothers of my choice to stay home. I’ve heard that I’m wasting my intellect, my college degree, and my time. I’ve heard the age old “My kid just looooooves daycare or preschool or his after school program.” And then there’s the ever popular, “I just couldn’t do that, I’d be SO BORED!” But the most upsetting one for me has always been the strangely popular “I just couldn’t do that, they drive me crazy! I lov ...more
Two stars means "it was okay" and that's about all I can say for this book. I didn't hate it. I am a stay at home mom, for Pete's sake! I just thought it would be better titled, "In criticism of working moms." She just attacks them over and over, pretty harshly. I believe in staying at home, but I don't know if she goes about the argument the right way(aka rage-filled ranting). I also think she paints too pretty a picture of staying at home. She talks about how you're there to see all the "first ...more
I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! I checked it out from the library, but I want to buy my own copy so I can highlight and mark it all up. I need to return it tomorrow and have found myself wanting to refer back to stuff that I now can't find :( (some GREAT quotes I wanted to share in this review.) Anyway, I would reccommend this book to ANY woman who has ever thought of having children. It is in NO WAY a bash on working moms. I have respect for others desicions just as they should have respect for mine. Being ...more
First, I would like to address what I thought was good about this book. Stay-at-home moms do not have many champions in our society. It is refreshing to read a book dedicated to cheerleading for stay-at-home moms.

I liked all of the letters that Dr. Laura shares in the book that are from her readers/listeners.

Unlike some fellow reviewers, I don't think that this book is mocking or degrading working moms. Afterall, the author IS a working mom herself. She has authored 15 books, had a television s
The first 3 chapters praise, but the true beauty of it is the feedback and suggestions it gives you in order to be better at staying home. It gave me a great perspective and a good kick in the pants that was much needed. I was inspired greatly by it and that's why I gave it 5 stars.
Favorites: "One of the greatest blessings in life is to learn to be content with and fulfilled by the small simple things in life. After all, these make up the majority of the human experience"
"It's often better to
Let me just get this part out in the open: I am a stay-at-home-mom and I feel that yes, she really does trash working moms in this book. Even though she states right there in the preface, "I come to praise at-home moms, not to bury full-time working moms." I do remember quite a bit of controversy over this book was it was released. This book was a gift from a friend who is a working mom, interestingly enough.

Now, that said, this book came to me at just the right time. Things are difficult right
Lisa  Marie
I read the sample that Kindle sent me, about 2 chapters or so. I'm very pro-sahm too but jeez, she basically bashes working moms and degrades even the notion. Then she tells about how she worked during the night and woke up really early and did all this to, apparantly, never be away from her kids - ever. Except when she was traveling, working on book tours, etc. I don't know, I know I didn't read the whole thing so I shouldn't judge, but her condescending tone really irked me from the get go and ...more
I have mixed feelings about this book (it was a lot different than I was expecting). At time it made me feel so lucky that I'm a stay at home mom, but it seemed like a lot of the book was trying to help people cope with not being at work. I never had a problem quiting work to be a stay at home mom, so that aspect of the book didn't really apply to me. I also felt that at times she sort of criticized moms who work, eventhough in the introduction she said this book was not going to do that! I also ...more
Kristina Rich
Being a stay at home mom I thought this book would relate to me more. the first 1/3 of the book is basically talking about ultra feminists who think they can do it all and have it all while someone else raises their kids, then on to deciding to be a SAHM and then convincing your husband to let you stay home. None of which I really cared for. I must say that my husband and I knew before we had kids that I would stay at home. I do not feel like I need a pat on the back for my decision. Yes, its ha ...more
Rachel Merritt
I thought I would like this book more, considering I chose to be a stay-at-home mom 18 years ago for all these same reasons. However, as I read, I found myself becoming increasingly annoyed at the notion that only the mothers can fill this role. Despite the fact that I made the choice to stay home to raise my children, I have always considered myself to be a proponent for feminism. I feel that a woman can do absolutely any job a man can do, and, likewise, that men can be proficient, nurturing pa ...more
I bought this book to give to my sister for Mother's Day,
Happy Mother's Day Lydia!!
Of course I had to read it first before mailing it off. I am a fan of Dr. Laura, I try to listen to her when I can. I appreciate her way of telling it like it is and not worring about whether it's PC or not. I didn't have kids so I could warehouse them off to someone else to raise, and I don't need a paycheck to make me feel like I contribute or am of importance. I am doing the most important work of all, raising
My mom bought me this book because she thought that it would be interesting for me since two years ago I decided to be a stay-at-home mom. I had no expectations for the book. I never followed Dr. Laura Schlessinger before or knew anything about her. I have to say that I have mixed feelings about the book. I did not dislike the book, however I did not like the author's tone---a little too defensive and sarcastic---even though she claims she is not being just that. My philosophy in life is, what i ...more
Yellow Rose
Staying Home is the Best Work an Intelligent and Dignified Woman should Pursue

I really liked this book, the Premise of the book is beautiful, and I wholeheartedly agree with the fact that women should stay home to raise their children and help their husbands.

The drawback of the book is that the author is concerned with career women who have decided to stay home. Therefore, she deals with all the issues these women might encounter on their switch to becoming a stay at home mother. She talks about
Well, I certainly wouldn't have picked this book for myself, but since Ken got it for me for Mother's Day it was an interesting read. The thing I don't like about Dr. Laura is her tone. She can come off as so condescending and arrogant that it can be hard to really get her message. At once point I started feeling like a lot of what she was trying to say (which is great, by the way if you can get past her tone) is similar to what Thich Nhat Hanh says in "Anger." Basically, if you want to get good ...more
Lisa G
My faith gives this book a mixed review. I appreciate the praise and kind words Dr. Laura gives SAHMs, but I think the tone of the book is what I struggled with. I believe every woman has her own thoughts on the subject of working vs. staying at home. I think if you are fortunate enough to be called mom ... you will be working full time every day for the rest of your life. Joy is what you find in those every day moments with your children whether you are at home or working. My refrigerator is sp ...more
I agree with you completely Kelly...this book basically said the same argument in many different ways. I too believe that a child having a stay at home mom is priceless, and I'm really thankful I can do it for my children.
In our book club when we discussed it many different points of view were represented so it was interesting.

My only complaint about the book is Dr. Laura. I agree with what she says, I admire her for defending the truth even when it makes her unpopular...but she can be so rude t
This was a great book. It reinforced the reasons that I chose to become a stay-at-home mom and gave great advice on how to deal with different issues that women face while being one. Specifically, she talks about women who feel like they to give their credentials so people don't think that they're "just" a mom. This was so me until a few months ago. It was a hard transitions going from an MBA graduate and career woman to a stay-at-home mom. I've never regretted the decision but I have felt looke ...more
I saw Dr. Laura on the Today show, and Mededith was giving her a hard time for writing this book, and making excuses of why working moms deserve praise also, for being both a professional and a mom. I was so frustrated that she was not letting stay at home moms have their moment. Dr. Laura just kept telling what her book was about and saying that staying at home was the best for kids, when it is possible. After that, I had to read this book. I am glad that I did.
I love any book that praises stay
I am glad this book exists, and I agree with just about everything in it, particularly the thesis that you are replaceable at any job except one: mothering your children. I just gave it three stars just because if you are a Dr. Laura listener (or have ever been), or if you have read her other books, there's nothing really new here. If you are struggling with your decision to stay home with your children, read it. If you are frustrated about not living up to your expectations for yourself as a mo ...more
Even though I am past my child rearing years I picked this up from the library shelf out of curiosity. I thought this format interesting since she quoted several other women she has worked with and did not just preach out of her own platform. My favorite was how she told moms that it is OK not to feel pressure about signing the kids up for so many activities. I see way too many young stressed out moms that live out of their cars flying here and there with all kinds of lessons. Relax and enjoy th ...more
I liked this book for the support it gives for my current "career choice" of stay-at-home mom. It was motivating to read about why it's so important and she has some good ideas for finding the joy in it and for taking pride in it. What I didn't like was that she was very harsh and judgmental of mothers who choose to work outside of the home. If I were one of those mothers, I would have been so upset and offended reading this book because of all the assumptions she makes about working mothers. I ...more
Elisha Baker
I really wanted to like this book as I think that SAHM's get so much negativity thrown at them. However, as a SAHM I was very disappointed in this. The writing is very simple, mostly excerpts from letters and quotes from her listeners. The "tips" are very simplistic and her ideas for organizing your time (nap when baby naps) are not always realistic. She seems to take a "rose-colored glasses" look down memory lane and is a bit out of touch with how it was when she was "in the trenches". I comple ...more
Thanks, Dr. Laura, for again helping me figure out my feelings about life's big choices! This book is perfect for someone who is debating whether or not to stay at home or to work. I think anyone who at all is leaning towards staying at home would be happier making that choice after reading this book. It reminded me of all the things I do each day at home with my little baby while making our house a home. Basically she argues that there is no such thing as "quality" time with kids unless you hav ...more
I'm a big fan of Dr. Laura, and in general I agree with about 90% of what she preaches. So there was already a big chance I was going to like this one. And obviously I did. It was a quick read about the important work moms do. It reminded me of what a choice blessing I have to be at home with the kids. I would recommend this book to a first time mom trying to decide if staying at home is the right thing for her or not.
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