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Sunday, March 11, 2007

Babyproofing Your Marriage Book Review

Blogher virtual tour had a Harper offer for the book Babyproofing Your Marriage. It sounded like an interesting read.

And an interesting read it is! Stacie Cockrell, Cathy O'Neill, and Julia Stone bring their own experiences and toss them together in some fast, witty advice for couples. Along the way they include quotes from other couples.

It's actually an easy read, you can pick it up, read about 20 minutes of it and then put it down to pick it up a little later. Many of the sections are pretty entertaining and I think this would be a great book for new couples considering children. In fact, I'm going to pass this copy on to my brother and his fiance.

I do remember life B.C. (before children). My husband and I never fought. We'd have a disagreement every now and again. Then first child came along and oh yes, things certainly changed. First of all, mommy clock turned on the light sleeper mode. Second, I realized that while my husband was still staying up until the wee hours of the morning playing video games - I had to wake/sleep/wake/sleep, care for an infant, work and try to keep a house. Yeah, the little resentment bug got me a time or two. I think having this book during those early days would have been helpful for me as a young wife and mother.

A large portion of the book focuses on the physical relationship between a man and wife. Definitely an important component. Luckily for my husband and me, we do alright in that arena and we've never had the issues the book mentions. I particularly liked reading the sections "It's Never Enough" and "Marriage in a Vicious Cycle".

Another portion of the book is the use of "terms" like SGI's for small gestures of intimacy. I really liked the "ick factor". I can't tell you how many times I've bent over a pile of puke and battled with my gag reflex. When you don't have children it's easy enough to think about how your life might be when you do have them... but you won't really know it, until you do.

Overall: The book has some great quotes. There is some great advice in here. (In fact, there is one little bit of advice for women in there that my husband thinks is particularly good advice - don't worry, when you read it, you'll know precisely what part I'm talking about.) It's a fun, easy ready and can benefit many of its readers. It's Win-Win all round!

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Blogger scribbit said...

Wow, I'm seeing this book everywhere. Maybe it's a hint that I need to get on it and read it already :)

11:39 PM  

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