Chock-full of practical ideas from money management to raising your children to work options, this resource will serve you day in and day out much like a handbook on wilderness survival. Its user-friendly, often humorous advice will leave you motivated and inspired as you carry out your job as a stay-at-home mom.
Is your "home number" your "work number" too? If you are a stay-at-home parent, you know the workday never really ends. And every day brings both all-too-familiar challenges and unexpected joys. How do you keep it together--physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually? Cheryl Gochnauer's previous book, So You Want to Be a Stay-at-Home Mom,
helped parents consider what staying home requires and whether that choice was the best for them and their families. In this new guidebook Gochnauer tackles common--but often difficult--questions and challenges that beset stay-at-home parents:
- retaining an individual identity
- feeling appreciated
- viewing childrearing as a valid career choice
- spending wisely
- resisting guilt
- evaluating work-at-home opportunities
- handling sibling rivalry
- volunteering at your child's school
- succeeding as a stay-at-home dad
- avoiding the TV
- getting help with chores
- setting a godly example
- nurturing your spiritual growth
Forty-two brief chapters cover a variety of topics and can each be read in about ten minutes. Gochnauer also includes an appendix on networking opportunities for stay-at-home parents and a helpful listing of ministries and organizations that offer parenting resources, services and conferences (all accessible on the Internet). If you are a mom or dad at home part-time or full-time, you'll find immense encouragement--plus practical advice from one who has been there (and still is!)--in Stay-at-Home Handbook.
Gochnauer (pronounced Golf-ner) is a stay-at-home mom living in Kansas City, Missouri, with her husband and two children. She developed the popular website www.Homebodies.org to create a network for stay-at-home parents. She is a contributor to the stay-at-home-mom area at www.DrLaura.com, and she has been a regular writer for the
"Being a stay-at-home mom at times can be rewarding, frustrating, fulfilling, lonely and simply wonderful! Gochnauer understands its blessing and challenges firsthand, so her strategies to help other mothers succeed in this parenting path are practical, savvy and sound. If you and your family are contemplating making this move, you'll appreciate the balanced, insightful advice and handy resources Stay-at-Home Handbook provides."
"Cheryl Gochnauer understands the needs of the stay-at-home mom. In this handbook you'll find the practical tips, strategies and encouragement needed to make stay-at-home mothering all it can be! It is a must for any woman committed to the profession of motherhood!"
"Cheryl's expertise in maneuvering the obstacles of stay-at-home motherhood fills each page of this book. It is a must-read for any stay-at-home mom!"
"Down-to-earth, user-friendly, often humorous advice to stay-at-home moms . . . plus easy-to-follow instructions for joining the ranks. Stay-at-Home Handbook is rich with motivation, inspiration and practical how-to advice. At a time when so many families are falling apart, this affirming guide has become a welcome addition to my library and deserves a home on the nightstand of every mother who has found, or hopes to find, staying home to be as valid a career choice as any other."
"I'll take homemade over store bought any day, and that includes the family as well. Cheryl gives us the tools and encouragement needed to stay focused on that which is most important: our family, our faith in Christ and the vision God has placed in our hearts for a strong family. This is a must-read for any person committed to staying home."