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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,075 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laura Schlessinger Narrator: Laura Schlessinger Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9780061805646
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In In Praise of Stay-at-Home Moms, internationally syndicated radio host Dr. Laura Schlessinger celebrates these essentially important yet overlooked women. The author of eleven New York Times bestsellers—including Stop Whining, Start Living and The Proper Care and Feeding of Marriage—and #1 female radio talk show host in the country, Dr. Laura offers support, guidance, and words of inspiration and wisdom to the more than 6.8 million full-time stay-at-home mothers nationwide.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teeni | 2/12/2014

    " I was needing some affirmation and Dr Laura can do that for me. Nothing earth shattering here, but good reminders just the same. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 2/7/2014

    " Normal Dr. Laura style. She, of course, misses some points. She didn't choose to have kids until she was older, so I don't think she can fully recognize the sacrifice of having children in your early 20's and being horribly poor, but still making it. But, it's good publicity for stay-at-home moms! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 2/4/2014

    " Friends may be surprised that I read a book by Dr. Laura, but this was exactly what I needed. I grew up in a very career-oriented family, and stay-at-home moms were very much looked down upon. I believe in being a stay-at-home mom for myself and our family, but I needed more emotional support for doing what I know is the right path for me. Although Dr. Laura has her sharp tongue, I can read past it to find the gems of support. She helped articulate the feelings that I had but could not conceptualize or put in words. This book was very helpful for me when I was feeling down and invisible as a stay-at-home parent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alissa | 1/18/2014

    " This book was really great and helped me to realize that through all the difficulties stay at home mom's have, we also get the sweetest reward. And so do our kids. The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is because a good piece of the book is geared towards moms who have a hard time giving up the workplace and feel pressure to NOT be a stay at home mom. I have never felt that way, have always wanted to stay home with my kids, and haven't had anyone (that I care about, anyway) downplay the importance of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aspasia | 1/11/2014

    " Dr. Laura provides a much-needed confidence booster for SAHMs. I think the debate between working moms and SAHMs is silly. This is a free country and we all need to do what is best for our families. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristina Rich | 1/6/2014

    " Being a stay at home mom I thought this book would relate to me more. the first 1/3 of the book is basically talking about ultra feminists who think they can do it all and have it all while someone else raises their kids, then on to deciding to be a SAHM and then convincing your husband to let you stay home. None of which I really cared for. I must say that my husband and I knew before we had kids that I would stay at home. I do not feel like I need a pat on the back for my decision. Yes, its hard, its rewarding and its my own personal choice. There are plenty of women around the world who are single and forced to work and I don't think it makes them any worse of a parent. They could probably use more praise than the stay at home moms! I don't feel looked down on by society because of what I do. So I guess this book is pretty much null and void to me because I don't need praise to know what I do is worth while. I just know it and I can tell by how it affects my family life. Now as far as reviewing the book, I did think that Dr. Laura was a little hypocritical being as she works outside of the home when her kids are at school or sleeping. That is not really considered homemaking in my book, but whatever. Most of the book was letters from listeners that were somewhat uplifting to read, but by the 20th one I started to feel like they were all saying the same thing over and over again. She did add some of her own feelings and jokes that were somewhat funny in between the letters. Maybe since I'm a little bit seasoned at being at home, I just don't feel like I need that kind of support anymore. I think this is more geared towards women before they have kids and brand new moms who haven't quite trained their husbands haha ;) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christin Osborn | 1/3/2014

    " I loved this book. A friend gave it to me to borrow, and I couldn't put it down. A must for all stay at home moms! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelly | 1/3/2014

    " I really liked her positive focus on being a stay-at-home Mom. I don't always agree with her black and white points of views. I believe there is a lot of gray in the world. But I like the simplicity of her points of view, to many people try and complicate their lives with DRAMA. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole Handy | 12/25/2013

    " Skimmed it a few months back--pretty good. Nice to be validated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephi K. | 11/27/2013

    " I listened to this on cd in my car and thoroughly enjoyed it. I agreed with much of it and it made me feel validated, so that helps! Not everything is kid friendly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 10/12/2013

    " This book gave me the pick me up I needed while providing good reminders and advice. Love the way Dr. Laura says it like it is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robbin | 9/17/2013

    " This book made me feel very good about being a stay at home mom and made me see myself as my kids view me. I realized once again I need to value those little priceless moments and remember them for what they are--priceless. They make the hard times worth it, and I wouldn't want it any other way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria | 6/28/2013

    " I enjoyed reading this book and the great perspective it brought about the importance of being a stay-at-home mom. I feel like there were so many great points in it that I will need to read it again to remember it all :) I definitely recommend reading this book to other stay-at-home moms! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sanz | 11/23/2012

    " Any stay at home mom or any wannabe stay at home moms would love this book. It's uplifting and reminds you that it really is worth it. No on is going to care for your kids like you can! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aramie | 8/30/2012

    " I had no idea who Dr. Laura was before reading this book (I know, apparently I've been living under a rock for 32 years). I like her no-nonsense attitude and that she doesn't mince words. Her writing style is a little cheesy, but overall I enjoyed it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christine | 4/11/2012

    " Can not relate to the SAHMs in her book since she only talks about moms with babies or toddlers. Too harsh on working moms. Boring reading! Learned nothing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa | 1/30/2012

    " I learned how to really enjoy being a stay-at-home mom. I already enjoyed it, but I still learned a lot from this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan Pettus | 11/8/2011

    " To Husbands: Great book to read if your wife wants to be a stay at home mom and you think that you can't make it happen financially. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cara | 7/3/2011

    " Liked it, but it was hard to finish for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonesy | 6/12/2011

    " Good inspiring book. Probably nothing we don't already know down inside of us. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 chantal | 4/17/2011

    " I liked this book! Super easy read (only took me about 2 hours or so), and for a stay-at-home mom like myself a positive reminder of why we do what we do. Definitely a book I will share with my other stay-at-home moms. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aramie | 4/5/2011

    " I had no idea who Dr. Laura was before reading this book (I know, apparently I've been living under a rock for 32 years). I like her no-nonsense attitude and that she doesn't mince words. Her writing style is a little cheesy, but overall I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 3/28/2011

    " Yep ... I'm on a Dr. Laura roll! Just when I think she can't get any better - BOOM!- she surprises me again with her insight. I agree with her view on having children and raising them ... I wouldn't want it any other way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 3/15/2011

    " The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erika | 3/12/2011

    " This was a good book, but I felt like some of the parts were a little repetative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 2/11/2011

    " I started this book skeptical at best. Sometimes I really disagree with Dr. Laura. However, this book was so what I needed. It affirmed that what I am doing is "the right thing", and helped me get past some of the guilt and frustrations that come with being a SAHM. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 1/19/2011

    " Although I don't like her style of writing, I felt like there were some good points worth consideration. I do believe there are many lost souls looking for happiness who have found it thanks to her advice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachael | 1/18/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. It's a voice that is not heard enough: put family first! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 12/25/2010

    " Someone gave me this book as a gift. I've never listened to Dr Laura and I have no opinion of her other than I really liked what she had to say in this book. Our society cheapens the role of mothers and it's so refreshing to read a book in praise of mothers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liza | 11/16/2010

    " While I enjoyed two of Dr. Laura's other books, and I am at SAHM, I just couldn't get through this one. She seems to pretend to be neutral to moms either working or staying at home, but the voice just seemed way too sarcastic for me. "

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About the Author

Dr. Laura Schlessinger is one of the most popular talk show hosts in radio history, offering no-nonsense advice infused with a strong sense of ethics, accountability, and personal responsibility; she’s been doing it successfully for more than thirty years, reaching approximately 8.25 million listeners weekly. Her internationally syndicated radio program is also heard on Sirius/XM Radio and is streamed on the Internet and podcast via StreamLink. She is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen books, which range from the provocative to the poignant. Her support of children and family values is legendary.