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So You Want to Be a Stay-At-Home Mom [Paperback]

By Cheryl Gochnauer (Author)
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Pages   143
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.21" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.34 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 1999
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830819223  
EAN  9780830819225  

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This book tells you what being a stay-at-home mom is like from the perspective of one who is doing it. Step-by-step practical tips show how you can make the change. This guilt-free guide will help you decide what is best for you and your family-whether that means staying in a full-time job, making the transition to part-time work, starting a home-based business or being at home full time.

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More About Cheryl Gochnauer

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Gochnauer (pronounced Golf-ner) is a stay-at-home mom living in Kansas City, Missouri, with her husband and two children. She developed the popular website to create a network for stay-at-home parents. She is a contributor to the stay-at-home-mom area at, and she has been a regular writer for the Kansas City Star.

Cheryl Gochnauer was born in 1958.

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Stop complaining about this being a 'religious' book  Mar 27, 2008
I don't understand the complaints about this being a Christian book. There are probably 30 times as many books out there that are non-religious as there are religious. Maybe you should have done some research before buying the book.
A good start  Dec 3, 2007
"So You Want to Be a Stay-At-Home Mom" is targeted to Christian mothers who are currently working but want to become stay-at-home moms and aren't sure it's financially or emotionally feasible. Gochnauer hopes to encourage prospective at-home moms to look at their options now instead of waiting for a crisis that may reveal a choice they could have made years before.

A secondary audience would be Christian stay-at-home moms looking for ways to live better on less, keep up career skills in order to return to the workforce later, plan activities to do with their kids, or get encouragement and support.

Initially, I was surprised and confused to find so many Christian references in this book, as there was no indication on the cover to prepare me. Now I realize that InterVarsity Press is a Christian publishing company. I am not a Christian so I found myself skimming over several portions of the book, but I was not offended. Besides being non-Christian, I am part of the secondary audience and I found the book to be very encouraging. It included lots of tips that I found helpful including developing a mission statement, remembering my priorities, and creative activities to do with my daughter.

Gochnauer's style is easy to read and well organized. She provides many examples from her own life and from other couples who have been in similar situations. Her tone is encouraging and she uses no guilt tactics. She covers many topics well, and others fairly well (the table of contents lists most of the topics fairly decipherably). I consider this book to be a good starting point, but it is not a definitive reference. There is a lot of good advice, but harder questions are often answered with "God provides" and other similar comforts. While this may be enough for some people, it left too many questions unanswered for me.
Why is it always us?  Oct 31, 2006
Why should the women always be the ones to stay at home with the kids?

Why can't the men do it?

Because in many cases they might make more money?


First, that's not a very Godly answer. Second, that's a problem in the fabric of society that needs to be changed. Society needs to realize that when women drop out of the labor force, they take with them talent and human capital on par if not surpassing that of their male counterparts. Society needs to value women's work as much as it values their male counterparts' work--and society needs to show that it does BY PAYING WOMEN THE SAME AS THEIR EQUALLY QUALIFIED MALE COUNTERPARTS FOR THE SAME JOB. Don't believe me? Think I'm just another nasty lib'rul witch? Look it up--US Department of Labor statistics. No left-wing bias there. The only two jobs women get paid as much as or more than men are fashion model and prostitute. That shows what women are really valued for in our society (for looking pretty, for good sex, and of course for their wombs)

Women who decide to be "stay-at-home moms" also need to take into consideration all the Social Security benefits and pensions they will lose out on from dropping out of the workforce. Just because your husband professes to be a good Christian doesn't mean he isn't going to leave you for some hot blonde 20 year old someday. Then where will you be? High and dry with absolutely no marketable skills, that's where! At the rate the world is continuously changing today with all the new technologies, no woman can afford to be out of the work force for even a minute if she EVER plans to rejoin it at the same (or higher) level at which she left it.

Think a working woman's life is nothing but a pile of pay stubs? Think no man lying on his deathbed ever wished he could have spent just another day working? Think again--think Mozart, think Gauss, think Newton, think Galileo. Notice something about all these people? What? That they're great? That they're famous? Think again...they're all men! Not because men are the only ones capable of being great or famous--but because we, women, have convinced ourselves and allowed ourselves to become convinced by men who don't want to have to compete with us in the world of work that our time would be better spent raising kids. (And what better way to eliminate the competition than to convince them that their "talents" would be better used elsewhere!)

Yeah, motherhood is a noble calling--but it's not your only calling. It's not your only calling any more than fatherhood is a man's only calling. Mother and Father should be interchangeable terms. Mothers should do everything for their children that Fathers do and Fathers should do everything for their children that Mothers do. Think the Bible says this is wrong? Think again.

Under the New Covenant of Christ, we are all equal in his eyes. There is neither man nor woman--remember Paul's letter to the Galatians?

So, we do not have strictly prescribed gender roles according to the Bible.

Strictly prescribed gender roles aren't good for us anyway...

Do you think men are happy having to be all tough and strong and macho providers all the time? Don't you think they ever just want to break down and cry?

And you, don't you ever just want to say enough is enough? That I didn't go to college for four years and then maybe a graduate or professional school just so I could iron hubby's shirts? That kissing boo-boos, watching Dora the Explorer, and doing other "kid stuff" are not fitting or satisfying pursuits for an adult person?

You're not being ungodly or selfish for thinking so! You're just being human, love!

We need to stop thinking about ourselves as men and women, and start thinking about ourselves as PEOPLE.


After all--what is feminism? Feminism is the radical notion that women are people.

And if you're in a church that teaches you that motherhood is your only call--that it is up to you, and nobody else, to sacrifice everything for your children...get the heck out! Get the heck out and find one that teaches equal and identical sacrifices on the part of both parents. Even better--find one that teaches equal and identical roles for men and women.
Too much of a Christian Agenda  Jan 31, 2005
This book should come with a warning label alerting readers to Gochnauer's Christian agenda. I wanted a straightforward, "how-to" book and what I got was a heavy-handed sermon (complete with cited Biblical references) which got old quick. This works for her, apparently, but I obviously do not share her simplistic philosophy. She even goes so far as to say she debates Darwinism in favor of Creationism! Be careful if you don't share these views - there is nothing in the descriptions to alert you before you buy. If you really want to have a better plan than "God will provide" before you quit your job, check out "Miserly Moms" by Jonni McCoy for a better, more practical guide, or "You Can Afford to Stay Home with Your Kids" by Malia McCawley Wyckoff and Mary Snyder.
The title of the book is mis-leading...  Mar 14, 2004
I was expecting to get a book that had practical advice for turning a two income family into one. Instead the book didn't contain many practical ideas and was filled with a heavy pro-christian agenda. I never realized that I could use giving children piano lessons as a method of not only picking up extra income, but I could turn it into an opportunity to covert children into my belief system. While I'm by no means anti-christian, the book doesn't help deal with many of the day to day lessons and issues that many of us face with making such a tough, and personal choice. To sum up the book, the lesson is that God will provide, which many of us are aware of from our Bible teachings. If you're looking for a handbook with good lessons, skip this book. If you're intersted in a sermon, this is the perfect book for you.

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