Written by Lucynda Koesters, a former 15-year marketing professional turned at-home mother and freelance writer, Finding Your Way Home: How to Become a Successful Stay-At-Home Parent, is THE "How-To" of figuring out how to become a stay-at-home parent.
In the introduction, author Lucynda Koesters sums up why she chose to quit her outside the home job, and this book is the result of the research she did over a long period of time in order to make her dream come true. The main part of the book is broken down into three parts: 10 compelling reasons to find your way home, 10 courage building strategies to find your way home, and 10 transitional strategies to a successful life at home. Each section is full of information to help you with your decision, and how to make the switch from working outside the home to an at-home mom.
Koesters discusses such topics as:
- why a stay-at-home parent is beneficial to children of all ages
- caregiver roulette
- the grief many women experience when sending their baby to daycare
- courage-building strategies (which includes a very helpful worksheet of pros and cons)
- examining your finances and writing a one-income household budget (and this section is worth the price of the book alone!)
- contingency plans
- talking to your spouse about your dream of staying home
- telling your employer your decision (including how to write your resignation letter)
- visualizing your new life
- making the transition
- how to answer "what do you do?" and "when are you going back to work?"
- being a sahm to school-aged kids and teens
- suggestions for single parents
Finding Your Way Home is truly a wealth of information on how to become a stay-at-home mom. If you are working outside the home and your dream is to quit and stay with your children, get a copy of Lucynda Koester's book. I'm sure you'll find it worth the price, and StorkNet is very pleased to recommend this excellent resource.
• Finding Your Way Home at Amazon.com
• Finding Your Way Home at Amazon UK
• Finding Your Way Home at Amazon Canada