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25 Best Self Help Books for Stay at Home Moms

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Cozy up with some of the best books for stay at home moms.

Staying at home with your kids is a full-time job. And, like any other job, it is not easy to find the time to do everything you need to do, much less to relax and read a good book.

There are many great books out there, but we have compiled a list of 25 of the best ones!

These encouraging list of books will help you deal with the challenges of being a stay-at-home mom and will help you find happiness and success in this important role.

So take a break from your busy day and curl up with one of these great reads. You deserve it!

A disclaimer. I am a single, work-at-home mom. But God has blessed me to work mostly from home. I’m thankful for that!

You have to find the right choice for you and your family. High five to all the moms out there doing the best they can.❤

25 Best Self Help Books for Stay at Home Moms

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These books I have either read or they on are my to-read list!

In Praise of Stay-at-Home Moms

by Dr. Laura Schlessinger

Dr. Laura, author of eleven New York Times bestsellers, had a long career as a licensed marriage and family therapist.

Dr. Laura is also an internationally syndicated radio host and is an inductee to the National Radio Hall of Fame in Chicago.

She has a wealth of practical advice and encouragement to offer stay-at-home moms. This book will help you be proud of your decision to stay home and how to deal with the naysayers.

Dr. Laura has a unique understanding to draw special attention to the benefits of staying at home for your children and your marriage.

And how the sacrifices you are making are forming bonds and a stronger family.

Help! I Need a Break From Motherhood: The Stay-at-home Mom’s Guide to a Balanced Life

by K. Domiana Ndour

This is a realistic look into motherhood in all its sleep-derived glory. The author is a yoga instructor that has a unique angle of teaching moms the following skills:

  • overcome the difficult transition from tiredness to more energy
  • learn about conscious parenting and how easy it can be
  • how to include “me time” in your busy life in ways that may surprise you
  • how to incorporate habits for managing burnout

This book is free on Kindle Unlimited.

Detoured: The Messy, Grace-Filled Journey from Working Professional to Stay-at-Home Mom

by Jen Babakhan

A marketing executive who wrote this book turned third-grade teacher who transitioned to being a stay-at-home mom.

It was a very hard transition for the author, even though she knew God was calling her to stay home with her newborn son.

She details how she became content and peaceful in her new role. She will help you:

  • Find confidence and peace in your decision to delay your career.
  • Discover that your true identity is not in your job title (I love this one).
  • Finding a community, so you will know you are not alone in this journey.

Flex Mom: The Secrets of Happy Stay-at-Home Moms

by Sara Blanchard

This is a great read that offers an option of motherhood between a stay-at-home mom and a working mom.

The author gives tips and ideas to clear the space in your life so you can pursue your dreams, passions, and goals while you continue to prioritize your own children.

Career-driven women can find a balance without giving up their dreams. No mom-guilt here.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Stay-at-Home Moms: 101 Inspirational Stories for Mothers about Hard Work and Happy Families 

With stories written by including Jane Green, Melora Hardin, Liz Lange, Jodi Picoult, and Jill Kargman

This book contains 101 stories from moms who have chosen to stay at home or work from home to raise their families.

They are short, 5-minute reads that moms can easily fit into their day. This book would make a helpful gift for a new mom.

How I Barely Survive Being a Stay-at-Home Mom: Helpful Tips to Overcome the Mom Guilt, Loneliness, and Daily Struggles of Parenting, with Honesty & Humor

by Andie Kingbrum

This book has “real-life” advice that meets moms where they are. If you feel alone in your stay-at-home mom life, this book is for you. The author will show you:

  • tips for being a successful stay-at-home parent
  • how to get finances in order
  • be assured that you aren’t alone
  • information on how to schedule your day
  • how to keep your sanity
  • a free guide to help you get organized
  • and much more.

Raising Good Humans: A Mindful Guide to Breaking the Cycle of Reactive Parenting and Raising Kind, Confident Kids

by Hunter Clarke-Fields

This is such a good book. You will learn practical strategies to stop “reactive parenting” habits and foster kind, cooperative, and confident children. Some of my favorite takeaways:

  • Techniques to respond thoughtfully to frustrations instead of constantly reacting on autopilot.
  • You will learn powerful mindfulness techniques to calm your stress response to strong emotions like anger or frustration.
  • Discover meaningful ways of communication that cultivate respect and better listening skills.
  • You will discover eye-opening awareness of generational habits shaped by your parents so you can break this cycle and respond to your children better.
  • Children will learn to model kindness and patience when they see this in us.

The Lifegiving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging and Becoming

by Sally Clarkson

This is for the mom tired of the crazy, busy life and who wants a more intentional life that is a haven of peace for her family. You will learn:

  • how to create memories for your children
  • establish home and God-centered traditions
  • create an environment that your family will flourish in

Mom Heart Moments: Daily Devotions for Lifegiving Motherhood

by Sally Clarkson

This devotional book contains devotions that are short and easy to read. They are full of topics dear to a mom’s heart and end with a question to ponder for the day.

You will feel encouraged as a wife, mom, and in your spiritual life.

The Mission of Motherhood: Touching Your Child’s Heart for Eternity

by Sally Clarkson

This book will help you see your worth as a mother and how vital that calling is.

You will feel “seen” by the Lord and inspired that you are privileged to have the world’s most important job: raising and caring for your children.

Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World: How One Family Learned That Saying No Can Lead to Life’s Biggest Yes 

by Kristen Welch

In this book, you will discover:

  • Why it’s not healthy to give your kids everything
  • How to give your children perspective through serving and hard work
  • How to guide your kids to become successful and fulfilled adults
  • How to come together as a family to raise faith-filled kids who love God and others

Raising grateful kids is one of the most extraordinary things we can do for them.

This book will show you how to cultivate genuine appreciation, create a home where Jesus is the center, and be thankful for everything they have. Highly recommend.

You Can Stay Home With Your Kids!: 100 Tips, Tricks, and Ways to Make It Work on a Budget

by Erin Odom

The topics covered in this book:

  • How to make and stick to a budget
  • Side income ideas
  • How to have birthday parties inexpensively
  • Inexpensive educational activities for your kids
  • Inexpensive date ideas with your spouse
  • Holiday planning
  • And much more

This book is easy to digest and a delight to read.

The Ministry of Motherhood: Following Christ’s Example in Reaching the Hearts of Our Children

by Sally Clarkson

This book helps the mother who is swamped with the many duties she has to do every day.

This is not to mention the desire to spiritually nurture and provide for her children’s physical, emotional, and social needs.

Learn how you can:

  • Make the mundane moments work for you, not against you
  • Make character building a natural part of your lives
  • Teach your kids how Jesus taught his disciples
  • Pass on gifts to your family that will last a lifetime

Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full: Gospel Meditations for Busy Moms

by Gloria Furman

This precious book will encourage frazzled moms and lead you to treasure Christ more deeply.

The Better Mom Devotional: Shaping Our Hearts as We Shape Our Homes

by Ruth Schwenk

This lovely devotional book isn’t about what you are doing but who God is inviting you to become.

This book will help you discover:

  • How God uses motherhood to change you from the inside out.
  • How to intentionally deepen your faith in all the seasons of parenting.
  • Training, disciplining, and loving your children are the most important parts of motherhood.
  • The importance of honest, loving friendships.
  • Overcome mom guilt.
  • Stop trying to be “the perfect mom.”

Glory in the Ordinary: Why Your Work in the Home Matters to God 

by Courtney Reissig

The title of this book is precisely the message you will find. This encouraging book helps us see how Jesus instills purpose into every facet of the ordinary.

You will feel seen in the pages of this book and find meaning in the seemingly mundane moments in your days.

It is a thought-provoking book that will inspire you when you need to be reminded of your value as a mom.

How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind: Dealing with Your House’s Dirty Little Secrets

by Dana White

This is a more practical stay-at-home mom book for any busy mom! This book draws particular attention to:

  • Where to begin to get your house under control
  • Which habits to focus on and make the most impact
  • How to successfully manage your home
  • Tips for decluttering your home
  • Learning how to make ongoing and daily decisions to keep your house tidy

Hands-Free Mama: A Guide to Putting Down the Phone, Burning the To-Do List, and Letting Go of Perfection to Grasp What Really Matters!

by Rachel Macy Stafford

This title is so descriptive of the essence of this book. It will give you a lot to think about.

  • Make intentional and purposeful connections with your family
  • Acknowledge the cost of your distractions (electronic devices, social media, etc.)
  • Give your kids your quality time and undivided attention
  • Let go of past mistakes
  • Move forward with compassion and gratefulness

Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child

by John Mordechai Gottman

This book is a guide to help your child understand, regulate and master their emotions. The author is an acclaimed psychologist.

He states that once your child masters this skill, your child will have:

  • increased self-confidence
  • greater physical health
  • perform better at school
  • have healthier social relationships

This book will equip parents to “emotionally coach” their child with a 5 step process.

A Simplified Life

by Emily Ley

A simple title but a title wave of value for every person, no matter who you are. This book is for moms needing help with clutter, household chores, organizing schedules, and keeping up with to-do lists. In this book, you will find:

  • Strategies systems to permanently clear the clutter, organize priorities, and live intentionally.
  • Key focus areas: taking proper care of your home, meal planning, style, finances, parenting, faith life, etc.
  • Tools to help you with your family life, work demands, and practical tips for your daily routine.

Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic For a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living

by Shauna Niequist

This book will pull you away from the exhausting life of trying to be perfect and learn to live in grace, simplicity, and connection with the people that matter most to you.

The Five Love Languages of Children: The Secret to Loving Children Effectively

by Gary Chapman

This book will help you to:

  • Discover what your child’s love language is
  • Assist successful learning
  • Use the love languages so correct your child more effectively
  • Learn how to build a foundation of unconditional love for your child.
  • Discover dozens of tips to speak your child’s love language

The Miracle Morning for Parents and Families: How to Bring Out the Best In Your Kids and Yourself

by Hal Elrod

This popular book is free on Kindle Unlimited and will help you:

  • Learn why mornings are so important
  • Learn how to master self-leadership and personal growth
  • Learn how to manage your physical, emotional, and mental health
  • Learn the skills to be an intentional, exceptional parent

Do Less: A Revolutionary Approach to Time and Energy Management for Ambitious Women

by Kate Northrup

The Author of Do Less helps busy moms that are always trying to “do more” to change their approach to their lives.

This is a refreshing book for a work-from-home mom, new moms, stay-at-home moms, or working moms.

Embraced: 100 Devotions to Know God Is Holding You Close

by Lysa TerKeurst

This is a bonus recommendation that will encourage you as a mom. It will bring you to a place of joy and peace that can radiate to your family. I highly recommend this beautiful devotional.

Final Thoughts on Best Books for Stay at Home Moms

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If you’re looking for an uplifting book that will keep you entertained and engaged, any of these stay-at-home books on this list would be an excellent choice.

Always remember there is no such thing as a perfect mom.

Stay-at-home moms have a lot to juggle, and we hope these recommendations will help make your time at home a little more enjoyable.

What are some of your favorite books to read while taking a break from parenting? Let us know in the comments below!

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