A comprehensive list of the best websites, books, 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 Websites
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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Jaimi, the mom behind the Stay-at-Home Mom Survival Guide, believes that
Before being a SAHM, she was a teacher and uses her teaching experiences and my experiences staying home with her children to provide quick and easy activities that teach and bunches of mom-motivation for the good and bad days.
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Information, resources, and tips on how to reduce expenses, stretch every dollar and supplement income in order to stay a stay at home mom. The Stay A Stay-at-Home Mom website gives practical financial advice to SAHMs and SAHDs.
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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.
The Mama is 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.
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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The Military Wife and Mom blog is so much more than “it’s my way or the highway.” Creator Lauren Tamm provides SAHP with the tools you need to achieve your goals—whether it’s creating a peaceful home and connected relationship with your kids or conquering deployment and building a rock-solid military marriage.
She’s also passionate about helping parents, teachers, caregivers and military spouses discover simple tools that minimize stress, create peace and build lasting connections.
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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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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Brittany is a former health coach turned SAHM to her two sweet girls. On her website, A Healthy Slice of Life, you’ll find delicious food, real talk about the daily challenges and triumphs of motherhood, our homeschooling journey, and her family travel adventures.
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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So who is Janine, the mom behind Confessions of a Mommyholic? She was a certified professional teacher, who now happens to be a wife and mother, and stay-at-home mom to her two beautiful, yet energetic little girls.
Much like a visit to your hairdresser could turn into a good, old-fashioned gossip fest, so too are my daily rantings on her blog. Readers will also find parenting advice, recipes, crafts, kid-friendly articles and so much more.
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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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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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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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Ivy is a SAHM blogger sharing tips for parenting, marriage, travel, and finding more balance in life … because there’s more to life than being a mom.
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Stay-At-Home Parent Info For Dads
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 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.
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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
Dave (AKA The DADventurer), is a thirty-something bloke sharing the adventures of being a stay-at-home dad to his 4-year old daughter (L) and baby son (‘Beetle’ – blame L for her brother’s nickname!).
The DADventurer is currently recognized as #1 UK Dad Blog 2018 (Vuelio), #4 UK Parenting Blog 2017 (Vuelio) and #5 UK Baby & Toddler Blog 2018 (Tots 100).
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An at-home dad on a mission to keep it real when it comes to food, fun, and raising a healthy, happy family.
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Gerry started his blog when he became a stay-at-home dad to his two amazing kids. He admits they can be his biggest critics, but usually, they love what comes out of his kitchen.
And as Jerry puts it, “if they don’t, then tough luck – I’m the boss.”
His culinary background involves desserts and pastry, but alas, his family can’t just eat that every day so he cooks “regular” food also. “Food shouldn’t be like rocket science,” he explains, “it should be simple, fresh and easy to prepare.”
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The confessions of an unexpected first-time stay-at-home dad of 4 kids, all under 10.
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BOOKS FOR STAY-AT-HOME PARENTS
- The Empowered Mama is a practical and interactive workbook full of simple, powerful tools to help moms reconnect with themselves on the journey through motherhood.
- Flex Mom: The Secrets of Happy Stay-at-Home Moms is for mothers who want a third model of motherhood, somewhere between a stay-at-home mom and working mom. This third way is to be the primary caregiver for their children while deliberately creating a path that fuels their passions – leaving them fulfilled and confident.
- Investing your life in your family brings you joy, and doing it on a single income doesn’t need to stress you out! In You Can Stay Home with Your Kids! Erin Odom of The Humbled Homemaker blog shares her best money-saving tips so you can live frugally and thrive as a stay-at-home or work-from-home mom.
- Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal provides a rare glimpse into the natural habitat of this most mysterious and splendid of creatures, the North American Stay-at-Home Father (Paternus domesticus). Learn what motivates a man to pursue this noble occupation. Discover the countless joys and periodic sorrows that come with raising a family.
- Daddy, Where’s your vagina? What I Learned As a Stay-at-home Dad is a parenting book written for the education and enjoyment of both dads and moms. This highly entertaining book is written from the unique perspective of a stay-at-home dad.
MORE STAY-AT-HOME PARENT RESOURCES
- Here’s an extensive list of the best parenting podcasts to listen to for stay-at-home parents.
- Reddit has to forums dedicated to stay-at-home parenting resources — one for dads and one for moms. More great resources on Reddit include Mommit, Daddit, and Parenting.
- Don’t forget to check our list of the best parenting websites to read every day and the best dad blogs to check out.
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