I just finished her new book, In Praise of Stay-At-Home Moms." Rather than try to describe the book myself, I'm copying a description I found on the Internet:
"They number in the millions and they are incredibly important to families and to our society, yet they are under appreciated, little respected, and even controversial.
Who are they?
They are the stay-at-home moms.
These are women who know in their hearts that staying home to raise their children is the right choice for the whole family. Some do it from the outset of their marriages, while others make the difficult transition from career-driven women to homemakers. Either way, it is a choice that is incredibly rich and rewarding, not to mention challenging.
Now Dr. Laura, building on principles developed during her long career as a licensed marriage and family therapist, provides a wealth of advice and support, as well as compassion and inspiration, to women as they navigate the wonders and struggles of being stay-at-home moms."
I found this book to be very encouraging as Dr. Laura emphasized over and over again how important my role is as a Mother. It is so easy in our culture, even in our churches, to underestimate the important job that we have in our homes. There is no greater priority in all the world than to mother our children! I have always wanted to be a stay at home mom, but I'll admit, as I got older I began to wonder about the reality of it. Being in ministry and not having a lot of money, I wondered if it was possible. I remember a time when I considered using childcare so that I could work part time after the kids came. My mindset completely changed five years ago when I read another one of Dr. Laura's books, Parenthood by Proxy. Now let me tell you, THAT book is a kick in the pants! But in it she convinced me to do anything and everything possible so that I could be "my kid's mom." It's so important to me that I be the one to raise my children. I don't want to miss out on the important milestones and training opportunities. No job is more important to me. No calling is higher. Nothing in this world is more rewarding. I'm convinced of it. I've heard it said that women CAN have it all, just not all at the same time. I agree.
If you do not desire to be a stay at home mom, or you do desire it but do not think it's possible, I encourage you to read Parenthood by Proxy.
As Dr. Laura says:
"The single reason you need to be there is to convey security, warmth, creature comforts, and love, love, love, love . . . because you can hire someone to feed one end and mop up the other, but only YOU are mommy love."
I know this is a highly controversial topic and my purpose is not to offend or hurt anyone. Every parent needs to decide for their family what is best. In making that decision, there are many, many good books to give us insight. These books are two of the many.