A comprehensive list of the best websites, podcasts, forums and more. All of the best stay-at-home parent resources all in one place.
Being a stay-at-home parent is an incredibly rewarding job. Watching your children grow up is a priceless commodity that few parents get to enjoy in full.
But choosing to stay-at-home can sometimes feel like swimming against the current. Stay-at-home parents need assistance, and resources, to make their “9 to 5” a little easier.
To make your parenting life just a little easier, we’ve compiled a list of the best resources, websites, magazines, podcasts and more for stay-at-home parents.
Stay-at-Home Parent Resources
CafeMom: Sometimes, we can benefit from talking to people facing the same issues we are. CafeMom is a great destination for those seeking community. It’s a user-friendly place to post your questions, answer other parents’ questions, and share your own parenting stories.
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The Realistic Mama: As we said – not everyone is good at butting out of your business. There are haters out there. An underestimated resource is The Realistic Mama, a daily pep talk for dealing with people who feel welcome to criticize your choices. The Realistic Mama has enough practical advice to go around. Alida, the “realistic mama”, is constantly trying to figure out ways to spend more quality time with her family and continue to build on the relationships she has with friends and family. She’s a big believer that parents don’t have to stop enjoying their own lives just because they’re parents, so she tries to take a little time for herself each day, too.
SAHM.org: The “official” website for the stay-at-home mom, SAHM.org is focused on parenting tips, jobs for mom or DIY help and finding fun things to do with the kids. In addition to a wealth of articles, SAHM prides themselves on being one of the most comprehensive SAHM resources online.
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Moments a Day: Whether you’re new to the stay-at-home parent world or a seasoned veteran, you probably know it gets hectic sometimes. Moments a Day is a great blog-style resource with tips for how to stay calm and collected (after all, their mission is personal growth for families).
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Your Modern Family: As with any home-based job, it’s important to keep a schedule. This can help keep your priorities straight, as well as avoid double-booking yourself or forgetting events. Your Modern Family is particularly useful for parents who struggle to find “me” time – just pencil it in and stick to it!
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House Mix: For many stay-at-home parents, the household revolves around one income. This tends to make saving money a top priority. You can never really do too much research on tips and tricks to save cash and House Mix is a good place to start.
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Live Like You Are Rich: Again… That money thing is important. Some stay-at-home parents prefer to dedicate all of their time and energy into parenting (which is great!). But some can find a balance between taking care of the kids and taking on a work-from-home job. Live Like You Are Rich is one of many excellent stay-at-home parent resources out there with tips on how to make some extra money while parenting at home.
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Happily Ever Mom: For some general advice about rocking your stay-at-home parenting, this is a great comprehensive list. Even parents who have been at it a while can benefit from reflecting on their experiences and re-focusing on areas that may need improvement.
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Stay-At-Home Mum: Jody Allen started the Stay-At-Home Mum after being laid off in 2011. She writes ” I was made redundant whilst on maternity leave with my first baby, and pregnant with my second. I panicked at the thought of living on just one income. To keep our home, my husband and I crunched the numbers and we found we had a mere $50 a week to spend on groceries. It was the meanest most horrible feeling in the world! At first, I was so resentful of the fact. $50 does not get you very far – certainly not shopping like I used to – so I had to rethink how we ate, how we shop and what we cooked day to day. I turned $50 a week into a direct challenge. I shopped like my grandmother used to. Lots of basics like seasonal fruit and veggies, flour, sugar, butter, eggs and cooked from old CWA cookbooks. Before then I had always cooked a lot of pre-packaged and convenience foods.”
She began sharing her tips and tricks on living simply online and the Stay-At-Home Mum was born.
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Stay-At-Home Parent Resources For Dads
National At-Home Dad Network: The mission of the National At-Home Dad Network is simple — To empower fathers and champion a culture that recognizes them as capable and competent parents. The website provides advocacy, community, education, and support for families where the fathers are primary caregivers for their children.
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Fatherly: Fatherly is a parenting resource for men who understand that embracing what they’ve become doesn’t mean giving up who they are. Men who want to be great fathers without turning into cliches. Men who spent their formative years laughing at blogs about Dads in short shorts, but who will never, ever wear short shorts themselves.
WHERE TO START: Everything I Had To Unlearn To Be A Stay-at-Home Dad
Daddy Mojo: Trey Burley is a stay-at-home dad with two sons Jake (6YO) and Charlie (4YO). He loves being a SAHD, even with all its peaks and valleys but feels “that is the spice of life.” His blog, Daddy Mojo, is dedicated to parenting, children, relationships, life and all age comics. He shares stories, tips, reviews and humor about how to deal with those that call us Daddy or Mommy.
WHERE TO START: Check out all his “naptime DIY” projects
More Stay-At-Home Parent Resources
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