This is a book about enjoying your life as a stay home mom. It has some good advice about taking pride in what you're doing. However, practically speaking, it isn't very relevant to most SAHMs that I know. Her husband makes a lot of money and most of her advice is only relevant and useful to to other women in the same position (example: go out and buy new clothes and makeup to make yourself feel good, you're a bad mom unless you feed your kids all organic food, etc.)
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Women should stay home, raise their families, and take care of their homes. There, I just saved you from having to read this book. Darla tells women they should clean their homes but offers no suggestions on how, tells woman they should look cute without offering beauty tips, and tells women to do things that just aren't possible for most women. She talks a lot about redecorating, buying new outfits, going to the salon for beauty treatments, and hiring a baby sitter once a week to go to a nice restaurant with their hubby. Most two income families can't afford that life style let alone single income families! Really the entire book is just a big ego trip. It's also a big lie because the author is a working mom who writes, has her own radio show, and runs a online forum. She also has a housekeeper and gardeners to keep her house looking nice. Frankly if I'm going to read a book about how to be a happy housewife I expect it to be written by someone who is actually a housewife.
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This book is a waste of time. Do not read it unless you want someone who has an extremely wealthy husband to tell you all about how you should go shopping, buy makeup and nice clothes and look perfect for him when he walks in the door. That is not reality of the dynamics of a marriage. It's sad to regress from all women before us have done to pave the way for careers and equal pay in the workforce. A complete disappointment.
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Helpful Score: 1
How I loved this book!!! I hate to post it and give it up (I almost didn't!) I am a LI girl and Darla has the LI attitude and some great advice. Excellent reading and you won't be the same after you've read it, I assure you!
The author has a lot of good and valid points, I suggest reading the book and taking from it what you want to incorporate into your life. I would not recommend this book to anyone that is a career mom and values their job.
A quick read for busy moms. The author encourages women who are stay-at-home moms to put on some lipstick and enjoy your home and children. So what if the house isn't always worthy of the "Better Homes and Gardens" photographers, you are raising kids not furniture! Includes some recipes and basic housekeeping tips. The book is not my favorite on the topic, but might just be the encouraging word that you need!
This book is a train wreck. Perhaps Darla Shine is not a horrible person in real life, but she certainly portrays herself as a very judgmental lady in her writing. At one point she admitted that she wanted to push her shopping cart right into an overweight woman's "big fat ***" because she was angry that the woman was so unhealthy and teaching her overweight child to be unhealthy too. Wow. There are other gems in this book, too, about how we should basically use our husbands simply for money and sex and get emotional fulfillment from our friends, since apparently men aren't capable of holding a conversation or putting the toilet seat down. Some may enjoy her vapid, witchy banter. But this housewife prefers to stay positive.