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.