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In Praise of Stay-at-Home Moms

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The Bottom Line

Dr. Laura Schlessinger's radio show and books like In Praise of Stay-at-Home Moms are popular for a reason. She's opinionated, controversial and people who dislike her will read her words or tune in to her show just so they can voice their outrage later.

Regardless of Dr. Laura's personal definition of a good mother, the foundation of In Praise of Stay-at-Home Moms should be applauded. The book does offer encouraging words for stay-at-home moms. However, it's even more valuable to working moms looking for a pep talk to convince them they should quit their jobs.

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Pros

  • Dr. Laura gives a wake-up call to moms who forget those little joys of being a SAHM
  • Stories from stay-at-home moms are included throughout the book in a way other moms can relate
  • Some sections offer advice on saving money and running your home more efficiently

Cons

  • Written more for women considering becoming stay-at-home moms
  • Some content is repetitive throughout the book
  • Parts feel like a lecture that you're a bad mother if you're not a stay-at-home mom

Description

  • Hardcover, 224 Pages
  • HarperCollins
  • Published April 7, 2009
  • ISBN 0061690295

Guide Review - In Praise of Stay-at-Home Moms

Just reading the title of In Praise of Stay-at-Home Moms makes you want to buy this book. Surely the pages are filled with reassuring advice for stay-at-home moms who are wrestling with the many challenges of being an at-home parent.

While there are areas in the book where stay-at-home moms can benefit, the book isn't what you might think based on the title. The book touches on your valuable role as a SAHM but a lot of pages make the book feel like it should be titled, "In Praise of Dr. Laura."

She does make many good points throughout In Praise of Stay-at-Home Moms. Dr. Laura also crosses the line into what comes across as badgering working moms to quit their jobs and stay home.

Parts of the book discuss the argument that stay-at-home moms are just wasting their lives, the moments we sometimes take for granted and how we should take joy in running our homes. Unfortunately, just as Dr. Laura starts to tackle these subjects, the section will end without a real resolution. You want to read more but the book has moved on to another topic.

Then there are subjects that come off preachy and may make some moms feel guilty about their personal choices as a SAHM. Dr. Laura heavily frowns on daycare, for example. Her words are so strong, you might wonder if one hour with the babysitter is damaging your child for the rest of his life.

Dr. Laura really has one book that would be better as three separate books -- one for working moms thinking about becoming stay-at-home moms, one with letters from her listeners and one for SAHMs who could use a pat on the back once in a while. Instead, it's like a primer for three different audiences without each one getting the meat of the book.

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In Praise of Stay at Home Moms, Member LauraEAJ

I jokingly call this book my ""new bible."" Whenever I start to loose perspective and get caught up in the daily grind of being a SAHM, I occasionally pull it out and read just a few sentences and it gives me that warm fuzzy feeling and pat on the back I need to keep going that I don't get from anyone else in society. It's a total feel good book for SAHMs. Most of the books about motherhood are aimed at alleviating the guilt of working moms or how to acheive the work/life balance. The SAHMs got tossed a nice bone here. Working women beware--Unless you are a working woman who has already decided to quit her job and become and SAHM, don't read the book. Working moms have no need to read this book as they may be loaded with venom or guilt or both after reading. Don't torture yourself. There has to be an equivalent feel good book for working moms--read that instead.

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