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Babyproofing Your Marriage: How to Laugh More, Argue Less, and Communicate Better as Your Family Grows Hardcover – Bargain Price, January 23, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; 1 edition (January 23, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061173541
  • ASIN: B000WPQ96M
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,108,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Stacie Harris Cockrell graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and went on to receive her MBA from the University of Texas. After graduate school, she was a finance and marketing professional at Dell Inc. and subsequently co-founded a high tech company in Austin, Texas. She currently resides in Austin with her husband, Ross, and their three children.

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Funny and easy to read.
Jennifer Roloff
It really helped us to see the other's point of view and now we feel much better about our relationship.
SG351
For me it was a book that made me laugh and cry at the same time.
Ashima Kadyan

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189 of 204 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Benson on February 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a needed book on an important topic, and I recently picked it up, hoping to gain insights as we prepare for the birth of our second child. It started out as a funny and well-written page-turner.

A couple of chapters in, though, it became problematic. The book really would have benefited from having a male co-author. It comes across as unbalanced and, occasionally, like a husband-bashing fest. Even my wife felt the same way - rather than taking sides with the authors, she thought it was pretty critical and unfair to men. After reading the Scorekeeping chapter, we just looked at each other and commented on how sad it sounded. It focuses too much on the staggering workload of childcare and not enough on the rewards. Some chapters paint so bleak a picture of the post-children landscape of a marriage that it might discourage undecided readers from even wanting kids. I'm very glad I didn't read this before we had our first child.

Efforts are made to focus the content on both genders. The book is divided into topical chapters, each of which contains a "What She Thinks" and a "What He Thinks" section. Those sections mostly do a good job of summarizing common thinking patterns and backing them up with anecdotal quotes from both men and women.

However, the women authors sometimes couldn't resist using their platform to take sides (and digs) when sharing the quotes from the men. These sections feel very unbalanced and, as a male reader, I felt frustrated and defensive at points. The authors belittle any major undertaking that a father might want to attempt outside the home, and insinuate that little or no weekend "free time" should be expected.
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56 of 62 people found the following review helpful By JRC on January 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is phenomenal and I wish I could give it 10 stars. Not only is it smart, well-written and organized, and highly entertaining, it's also insightful and solution-oriented. I've read a number of books on marriage and parenting, but none that ever combined the two the result is one of the best books I've read in years.

This book will clearly be bought and read predominantly by women, but I'd say it gives near-equal billing to men (not bad for female authors) and does an excellent job of telling the male side of the story. The authors seem to truly empathize with the largely untold story of men having their worlds turned upside down (albeit not nearly as much as women) by parenthood. One day they are the center of their spouse's universe (and vice versa) and the next they are relegated to secondary status. The book does an excellent job of describing why this is necessarily (and temporarily) so. Simply stated, if moms didn't focus 100% of their attention on babies, the human species wouldn't survive. Similarly, if males were not so focused on sex (before and after having kids), the human species wouldn't survive either. This powerful idea arguably explains the bulk of male-female disconnect, post-kids.

Speaking of sex, the chapter on that subject is amazing and well worth the price of the book alone. The 5-minute fix, which some people might take issue with, is probably not for everyone. But it takes up 1 page out of nearly 300, and as with every suggestion in the book, it's soft-pedaled and clearly stated as something to think about rather than a strong recommendation.

The other chapters are full of excellent and entertaining advice - from managing in-laws and multiple kids to striving for life balance (yeah right).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Cheeky gal on February 22, 2011
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Don't read this book if you are expecting your first child as I was, it's a total downer. I naively read the reviews and thought this book would help bring some realistic and practical advice for my husband and I as we entered our changing roles as parents. Instead, this book is really disappointing and totally useless, i didnt really get all the "humor" people raved about, it was more like sarcasm, a lot of jabs about men and these cliches. My husband and I found it really negative towards marriage and it doesn't help anyone improve family life. There are really no practical tips for self-improvement and the women are just bickering about all their bad experiences. They make it sound like family after marriage is a nightmare and they all had good marriages prior. I wouldn't give this book away, it's so bad! A much better book we also got and just started reading is To Raise Happy Kids Put Your Marriage First. Haven't rated this book yet because we only got through the First chapter, but already it's filled with more valuable info about communication and nurturing your marriage with helpful, practical advice. I can't tell you how disappointed I am with Babyproofing, thank goodness I bought it used for cheap and I still think it's a waste of time and money. If you like reading about people complaining with no constructive solution, maybe this is for you but I don't think this is a healthy choice. please take in consideration the other low reviews, more so than the high ones, I agree with them 100%, I wish I took it more seriously before I bought the book.
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