The Essential Stay-At-Home-Mom Manual

Becoming a Stay at Home Mom is not easy. So many other parents want to give you advice. If you are like me, you are probably tired of parenting books that take pride in telling you how to parent your children, when all they really do is somehow make you feel slightly inadequate about your own parenting technique. What you really want is a book which will help you — the mom — not go insane. Enter The Essential Stay-at-Home Mom Manual: How to Have a Wondrous Life Amidst Kids and Chaos.

Drawing upon her expertise as a clinical psychologist and experience as a stay-at-home-mom suddenly thrust into the deep end, Shannon Hyland-Tassava, has written a useful and reader-friendly Mama Manual. While she doesn’t sugar coat how difficult being a first-time (or second- or third-time) SAHM is, her easy writing style makes living (mostly) harmoniously with the kids seem possible, and — dare I say it? — fun.

The majority of the book is devoted to Mama Self-Care. Hyland-Tassava eases us with baby steps back into a personal routine, focusing on practical solutions to help moms reclaim their own good habits of nutrition, fitness, non-child related hobbies and (ahem!) hygiene. Hyland-Tassava also devotes chapters to the importance of “building your tribe,” house cleaning (not glamorous but necessary!), budgeting on one income and what she would say to herself as a first time mom (such as “don’t stress about the sleep so much!”). The last section, “What Do You Do All Day?” may be of particular interest to this blog’s readers; it features easy-peasy kid activities to help you out when you are stuck for ideas.

What I appreciate most about Hyland-Tassava’s writing is that she speaks in a friendly, non-judgemental voice. She never suggests that if you follow a different path than the one she lays out that you have failed. On the contrary, she continually reminds moms that perfection is not the goal, that it’s okay if getting your hair brushed before the school bus is your big accomplishment of the day and it’s definitely okay if you choose not to scrub the toilets during nap time (Thank goodness!).

The Essential Stay-at-Home Mom Manual: How to Have a Wondrous Life Amidst Kids and Chaos is a wonderful book for SAHMs, and, in fact, I would also recommend its practical advice for moms who work outside the home. Hyland-Tassava also writes one of my favorite blogs, Mama in Wonderland, so pop on on over there and she what she has to say.

Lucky You, Hyland-Tassava is giving away a copy of her book. It would make a terrific gift, so enter to keep it for yourself of give away to a new mom.

Rules for the giveaway are as follows: GIVEAWAY CLOSED.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book (which I am passing on to a friend!), but all opinions are my own.

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  1. This sounds like an amazing book; thank you both for the giveaway!

  2. This book is fantastic. I own an e-copy, and I'd love to win a hard copy to give to my new-mama friend!

  3. Oh boy! Me, please!!

  4. The book looks great! My kids are getting big but I have the feeling it would still be helpful. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  5. As a SAHM –except when I'm working several different part-time jobs– I long to be “just” a SAHM.

  6. That book sounds great!

  7. Would love a copy!! Leaving my job as a special educator to stay home with our two boys next year, and, while I'm excited; I know I could use advice!

  8. I am a SAHM of two and would love to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  9. I am a very new mom and an even newer SAHM (this is my second day on the job). I would love to have this book!

  10. This book is exactly what I need, I've been looking forward to reading it if it came available as an ebook on kindle. I'd love a copy!!!!!! Just what every SAHM needs

  11. So excited to come across this book.

  12. This book sounds so useful – I definitely need help with all those things! AndreaASchoenherr


  13. Ohh, fun — a giveaway! This book looks interesting, would like to read more as I am currently a freelance writer from home. Thanks!

  14. I can't wait to read this book! Thanks for a great give-away!

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