Melissa Stanton: Stay-at-Home Motherhood

"Dress up" for Moms

Like many stay-at-home moms and work-from-home people, I rarely have a reason to dress up. (And by "dress up" I mean wear something other than shorts and a T-shirt in the summer or a turtleneck and comfy slacks in the winter.)
But if I did have to dress up because my life involved...

Making Stay-at-Home "Mommy Friends"

Contrary to what many people believe, it's hard work to care for a child or children all day, and the work is often isolating, boring and exhausting. Contrary to what many people assume, stay-at-home motherhood is a job. It can be essential (to your happiness and sanity) to have the support and companionship of friends who can relate to and understand your new stay-at-home reality.

Social Security and Stay-at-Home Moms

Every May, in honor of Mother's Day, announces how much the work of a stay-at-home mother is worth. Her annual salary, or value, in 2009, since in the real world the salary is a fantasy: an impressive $122,732. It's nice to be valued. What isn't so nice is that although stay-at-home moms are given lip service about their value and importance, full-time stay-at-home motherhood is not recognized as the job it really is.

You're Having Twins...or more!

"A sonogram just confirmed that I'm carrying twins. I'm excited, but really, really nervous. Getting my head around having one baby on the way has been exciting and a little scary. Now I'm terrified. I don't know how I'll manage having two babies at once!" You will manage as a mother of twins, in ways you never thought possible...