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Babyproofing Your Marriage: How to Laugh More, Argue Less, and Communicate Better as Your Family Grows
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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.
Cathy O'Neill is from Dublin, Ireland. She moved to the United States, after a five-year transatlantic relationship, to marry her husband, Mike. Cathy is an attorney who now works as a management consultant. She lives in Austin, Texas and has two children.
Julia Stone is a Texas native and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. She also holds an MBA from the University of Texas. Julia is a former product manager in the educational services field turned full-time mom. She currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, Gordon, and their two sons.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My dog chewed it up. Don't think he wants his baby brothers to arrivePublished 2 days ago by stephanie
I was really looking for some tips and tricks to "babyproof my marriage", but the whole book (up until the last chapter) was SO NEGATIVE! Read morePublished 9 days ago by Monica Buescher
Funny and clever and sooooo true. Asked my spouse to read it, too. Highly recommended. I think this is the only self-help book I can recommend.Published 1 month ago by Thomas NYC
The book is easy to read and it's entertaining. However, it comes from a negative place. I stopped reading about 3/4 of the way through because it was too negative about... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Leah R. Mattson
Terrible book based on biased assumptions that is well rooted in crap. It failed to catch my attention, offer any worth well advice, & fell toward a sexist point of view. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jean
I didn't feel like this book offered any revolutionary ideas on how to not hate each other after baby is born. Read morePublished 7 months ago by DCH
Loved this. Life saver. Perfectly explains how my spouse and I were feeling in the first few months of our son's life. I would recommend this to all couples that have children. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Erike