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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (February 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006117355X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061173554
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,807 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.



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.

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Funny and easy to read.
Jennifer Roloff
Everybody is a jerk when they're under too much stress and have had too little sleep.
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For me it was a book that made me laugh and cry at the same time.
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185 of 200 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 61 people found the following review helpful By JRC on January 25, 2007
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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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By New Mom on May 17, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I have never written a review about anything before, but after reading this book, I felt compelled to share my review. As I was reading, it was as if the authors had been living in my home for the past year. Going from a marriage in which we were partners to being whipped back to 1955 was a major shock to me, and my husband never realized how much work was truly involved in becoming a parent. The transition to parenthood is an incredibly wonderful, but extremely difficult journey and this book helps to navigate the ups and downs that ALL couples face. I have decided that this book will be new baby shower gift to anyone I know having their first child. Particularly because it outlines the situation from both the male and female perspective. There were a lot of things they talked about from the "dad perspective" that I had never even considered. I highly recommend this book for you and for anyone you know that is thinking of having a baby, is pregnant, or is in the first year of parenthood!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kerry O. Burns VINE VOICE on May 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I'd read this to my wife and we'd laugh and think and talk. We have 4 year old twins and this book has helped me understand what happened to the last four years of our lives! No wonder we are so stressed and aggravated with each other, gads, our kids will be 5 soon and this book not only helped me understand myself so much what I've been doing wrong but what she has been going through and expecting from me. C'mon, women it would be so much easier if you just came out and told us but as this book tells us, women won't tell you they expect you to just get it. Okay, so I get it, I get it. Now about that 5-minute miracle.
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