Domestic Commando Review: What Every Stay At Home Parent Should Read

July 12, 2012

I had the chance to read Toni Carpenter’s book Domestic Commando: A Stay-At-Home (R)evolution (see her ad in the sidebar) and wanted to share what I thought about it with all of you.

First – this book is unlike any other I’ve read. When I knew I would be a stay at home mom (because we couldn’t afford daycare on a teachers salary), I started searching for something to give me an idea of what I needed to know, do, and prepare for.

I found very little.

Floundering through those first few months was rough, and there are times even now when I wonder if things I do with Bella could be easier, faster, more efficient. If I use my time wisely with her and in our home? If I would be ready were something to happen medically or in a natural disaster?

I get complacent as an at home parent. Many days run the same routine. It’s easy to fall into the same rut with meals, ideas, and activities. Domestic Commando offers a way to break out of this; with a twist of using military terms and tactics as a way to make it a fun read.

Favorite chapters of mine include Ready Packs (everything from emergency kits to what to always have in the car), Feeding the Troops (tips for picky eaters, recipes like 3 Step Chicken), and the segment Goodbye Pacifier Day. Toni offers practical, easy to follow, essential wisdom to ensure that no matter what happens, you’re the most prepared you can be. Her book is a handy manual for both moms and dads and, having been through the stay at home route, her wisdom and assurances are appreciated and often needed. It’s nice to read a book on parenting and think at the end, “I’m doing a great job and what I’ve missed or need to change is an easy fix.”

I’d recommend this book for any parent considering, about to be, or who feels a bit stuck in the same routine as a stay at home parent.

You can find Toni on her blog and Twitter, and purchase Domestic Commando from Barnes and Noble and Amazon (Also on Kindle).

I was not paid for this review, Domestic Commando is a sponsor and the book was provided to me.


  • Misty Pratt

    July 12, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    I wonder if you found the book too “rigid” in some ways? It sounds like a great read, but I tend to have a flexible parenting style (and practice attachment parenting). Anyway, just curious, as I’ll be home with the little ones starting in October, and I want to do some reading!

    1. Kay

      December 18, 2012 at 10:25 am

      Not ridgid at all. The book is about being open to parenting in the way that makes sense to you. Its nto about how you need to raise your children, its more of, here’s my experience, and take from it what you will. Awesome read

  • Hannah

    July 12, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Sounds like a good book! I’ll be looking it up!

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