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With stories by famous moms, including Jane Green, Melora Hardin, Liz Lange, Jodi Picoult, and Jill Kargman, and stories from other moms who elected to stay at home or work from home. Every stay-at-home and work-from-home mom will view this book as having been written just for her! A reissue of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Power Moms, this book contains 101 great stories from mothers who have made the choice to stay home or work from home while raising their families. These multi-tasking, high-performing women have become today's power mom. This is perfect for book groups as it contains a reader guide.

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Five Tips for Thriving in the Trenches of a Stay-at-Home Mom

Inspired by Chicken Soup for the Soul: Stay-at-Home Moms by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Wendy Walker

What does it take to be a stay-at-home mom or a work-from-home mom? Inspired by contributors to Chicken Soup for the Soul: Stay-at-Home Moms, here are five ways real-life moms manage to juggle it all:

1. Face reality. "Some things you just can’t do with three young kids who are all awake. You can’t drink a cup of hot coffee — someone’s always tugging on your leg... You can shop for groceries, but it becomes an Olympian event," as veteran mom and bestselling author Jodi Picoult recognizes. Sometimes your expectations of what you can accomplish with kids running around need to be adjusted. It may be a matter of putting in extra time after your kids go to bed to achieve your goals for the day, or reworking your schedule to meet their needs before your own. While stay-at-home moms make it look easy, they know their limits and consider them before diving into major tasks.

2. Make a mommy space. Author Wendy Walker’s search for the perfect place to work on her writing took her from the coffeehouse to the comfort of her crumb-strewn minivan. When she has difficulty focusing on her work at home, she still heads out to her minivan to find the quiet she needs, even though "there are times when I find myself nestled in among the Goldfish," she writes. Make yourself a sanctuary where you can focus and get away, no matter how odd the location.

3. Ditch the calendar and be spontaneous! "Cook, clean, feed. Drive, drop, prepare. Sort, stack, fold... The to-list is endless and the stakes are so high," says Bob Dickson, who found his wife’s schedule demanding when he agreed to play Mr. Mom for a week. Moms sometimes become a slave to the clock, making sure every moment of their time is properly scheduled and every moment effectively utilized. Once a week, break free from the rigors and strain of your daily schedule and skip the laundry, eat lunch out with the kids or have a tea party out on the patio.

4. Be your own boss. Many moms opt to trade the cubicle for at-home careers that allow them more time with the kids. "As a freelance writer, I never got rich," says Sally Friedman. "But I got ‘income’ of a different sort... I bore witness to the minor and major milestones of [my children’s] lives, from listening as a proud first grader read her first book aloud, to watching a stage-struck child perform in a major production called ‘Melissa the Martian.’" Do you have a skill or hobby that can become a work-at-home pursuit? If so, it may provide more schedule flexibility.

5. Go with the flow. When Chicken Soup for the Soul editor and publisher Amy Newmark married a great cook, she was happy to let him take the cooking reins. One day, her young daughter came home from school excited to report something new she learned: "Did you know that in some families the mommy cooks?" When Amy remarried years later to a man who could hardly make an ice cube, she finally learned to cook. "It turns out that it is fun and easy! I realized that what I really hated was following recipes — if I can just make up my own recipe, I’m happy, and the food is really good." If there’s one skill stay-at-home moms hone, it’s flexibility, so remind yourself that life is full of unexpected turns that may require you to pick up something new here and there.

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