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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (February 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006117355X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061173554
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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My husband and I are in the preconception stage so I picked up this book hoping to find some helpful advice for our future. Bad idea! Its horribly negative, paints marriage in a bad light, and is sexist towards men. I have wanted a baby for so long but at times, this book has had me almost in tears wondering if I've been wrong... is having a child really this horrible? Am I really going to be a crazy, sex-hating control freak until my kids leave for college? Is my husband going to be completely worthless around the house and cheat to get away? Am I naive to think otherwise? Do yourself a favor and stay away from this book.
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I was really looking for some good reading material as the hubs and I are getting closer to entering the exciting/terrifying adventure that is parenthood and when I stumbled across a few online recommendations for this book I went for it. During the first few pages I got to thinking it was really kind of whiney, just kind of a laundry list of problems, but I thought maybe as I went on they would slowly start recommending some solutions or encouraging advice. I understand parenthood is tough and a lot of the problems that were brought up seem very realistic and in fact likely to occur. However several chapters in I still felt like there was a lot of complaining and more specifically husband bashing. The women in this book make their husbands sound like idiots and all together useless, which I found disheartening and kind of rude. I would not recommend this.
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If you have the perfect spouse, children,and know the right answers to everything in all family situations, this book is not for you BUT if you are like the rest of us, which is mostly everyone who is searching for answers, this book is an indispensable read. This book's subject is unique in that it humorously and objectively describes the everyday challenges and issues of a baby's impact on marriage both from the husband and wife's point of view. In doing so, it provides numerous options for solving inevitable conflicts and breakdown in communications, especially in the sensitive subject of sex. I simply could not put this book down and found myself laughing out loud and nodding my head in constant agreement. My only regret is this book was not available years ago when my parents (now divorced) were wading through the minefields of young parenthood. Do yourself a favor and read this book and watch your married life take a quantum leap for the better.
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