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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (February 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006117355X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061173554
  • ASIN: B002BWQ4SM
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,246,557 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.
For me it was a book that made me laugh and cry at the same time.
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198 of 214 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
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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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By K. Hickman on April 2, 2007
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I know, you "don't have time to read." Believe me, as a stay-home mom of a 2-yr-old and 2-month-old, I KNOW. So why get another book?

This is why I like it and why I've given it to a few close friends:

1. It makes me feel NORMAL, whereas before I felt like some freak of nature and the only person going through these problems! That alone has done wonders for my psyche.

2. It's written by real people moms and not academic experts - they have been in the trenches and lived to tell about it. I especially like the story of the woman who was so exhausted she tried to breastfeed her husband's arm in bed.

3. It shines a lighthearted and humorous light on some otherwise very weighty and serious topics such as extreme fatigue, resentment and other sensitive areas (see chapter titled "Coitus Non-Existus.") I laugh out loud every time I read a section, and a little laughter goes a long way - real stress relief!

4. The analogies are always right on and also funny, like comparing a baby to a hand grenade thrown at a marriage. And then comparing a baby plus a toddler to a full frontal assault including tanks and heat-seeking missiles. Painfully true!!! And comparing husband and wife to circling wolves, ready to fight over any scraps of "free time" that get thrown their way.

5. It is refreshingly non-biased to either sex - both points of view are really represented fairly, so instead of staking wife against husband or vice versa it puts us all on the same team, in this together as parents and spouses.

6. You don't have to read it all the way through. I've only read sections; I can pick it up at a different place each time to get a little perspective. For immediate humor and reality, check out the table on page 196.
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