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3.52 out of 53.52 out of 53.52 out of 53.52 out of 53.52 out of 5 3.52 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stacie Cockrell Narrator: Jennifer Van Dyck and Christopher Burns Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2007 ISBN:
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Addressing both the male and female perspective, Babyproofing Your Marriage explores the impact of parenthood on marriage. It attacks the complicated subject by detailing the insights of and lessons learned by both men and women. Quotes from real people, bolstered by the author's own experiences as young mothers and wives, give the work a balanced and honest voice, fuelled by first-hand knowledge.

Like a friend who will give it to you straight, Babyproofing Your Marriage speaks to the listener with candor, humor, and empathy. The book explores many common frustrations, including division of labor disputes, the confusion of changing roles and expectations, the anxiety over sex (or lack thereof), and dealing with parents and in-laws.

Yet rather than just providing reassurance that such aggravations are common, the book offers insight into why marital problems occur and how they can be addressed. This analysis of marital issues is especially fascinating because it clearly demarcates the differences in male and female opinion. Explaining the deep divide between how men and women respond to parenthood, the authors provide a way to bridge the gap; they offer innovative remedies for the negative influence of young children on marriage.

Touching a raw nerve, the book strikes at the heart of who we are as individuals, couples, and families, by discussing subjects that are normally taboo. People don't want to appear disloyal to their spouse or seem resentful of their children, but at the same time, they are desperate to find solutions. With insightful analysis, unique advice, and a humorous tone, Babyproofing Your Marriage will become an indispensable guide for parents everywhere.

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marion | 2/19/2014

    " DO NOT READ THIS BOOK! It is utterly depressing and filled me with terror about life with kids. Maybe some of it is true but you just don't need to read about it. Deal with your own life and marriage. Don't read about other people's gripes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sabrina | 2/14/2014

    " I read this when our son was a few months old - hilarious and informative! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/12/2014

    " Who wouldn't want to laugh more, argue less, and communicate better, with or without children? As with most books of this type, it really is just three women with children of their own asking their friends and husbands stuff, not particularly rigorous or professional advice, but the authors do a nice job of presenting the opinions of both husbands and wives. Will it change your life? Probably not. Will it make you realize your crazy household is pretty darn normal? Probably yes. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brynn Lewis | 2/9/2014

    " I thought this book was pretty negative, all about the ways having a baby will put strain on different aspects of your marriage. I don't have kids yet, but I can't imagine that it will be as bad as these authors describe. Also, it's written by three women/wives/mothers, and I thought they were often a little crude. Maybe they were trying to be appealing to male readers? I don't know, but I don't recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 1/4/2014

    " Read this when your first child turns one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lissa | 12/30/2013

    " Hysterical...don't read before you have a baby..but SO FUNNY "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/28/2013

    " I have to admit I was disappointed by this one, and didn't finish it. The authors did a good job of giving the woman's perspective on being a new parent and a wife, and they tried to give the men's perspective, but I felt like it was very girl-biased. Some of the comments made came across to me as very mocking of guys, basically saying "They don't get it!" Not really inspirational. One of my biggest frustrations was the language. There was a half-hearted attempt made to disguise the really offensive words, but I was surprised by some of the thing these 3 supposedly professional women and mothers said. Even though some of the advice for strengthening marriage was good, and I will implement it, I don't like the tone it was conveyed in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 12/7/2013

    " This has been a really good discussion point for my husband and me - we don't have kids yet, but it's good to see what kinds of issues we might have and discuss how we would like to deal with them, before we are angry and sleep-deprived all the time. The book tries to take into account both sides of each issue (each chapter is broken down into "how he feels" and "how she feels"), although sometimes they tend to be a little hard on men (there is more assumption that men will change than there is that women will change). Overall, this is a great book. The authors are writing from their own experience as mothers and wives as well as from many, many interviews with men and women in different situations. It has really made me think about the way I feel about things, and look at things from my husband's perspective as well. I found myself wanting to mark pages for him to read about how I feel, and run to him and ask "is this really how you feel about ___?" For the most part, you probably won't dramatically change the way you feel - the authors point out that many of the tension points come from differences in fathers' and mothers' "hardwiring" - but it will make you think about how you ACT. Just understanding your spouse's point of view should help a lot, and that clarification is what this book offers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 12/4/2013

    " While I was appalled and annoyed that they referred to blow jobs as "five minute marriage fixers"... I thought other valid points were made along the way. It was interesting to get a heads up on what I could face if/when Chris and I decide to have kids. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vanessa Baldwin | 11/29/2013

    " I read this when I was angry at my husband and then realized he's pretty awesome compared to the way most men behave with regard to a new baby in the house. I put the book down, and decided to like him again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mindy | 11/14/2013

    " Hillarious! Very cute! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colby | 11/11/2013

    " a must read if you are a parent. Make your husband read it too. Very funny and true. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claudia | 11/1/2013

    " This book was actually incredibly helpful in terms of a lot of the issues that seem to inevitably come up when couples become parents. It was also quite funny. I would definitely recommend it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kait | 11/1/2013

    " I found this book to be very "dude, your husband is an ass and will do nothing right, but it's all your fault, so don't hold it against him!" I didn't find it helpful or funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 3/20/2013

    " Loved this book. I laughed the entire way through and I even learned a thing or two! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christian Dance | 11/9/2012

    " A different perspective. Nothing really new, but a lot of first person experiences that sounded vaguely familiar.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 10/25/2012

    " This book is a light read, but the content is deep and thoughtful. I liked this book because it helps you realize that many couples go through the same struggles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia | 10/14/2012

    " I really liked this book, especially the chapter on having additional children. A few of the passages in the book stuck with me, like the opening discussion of "welcome to the foxhole." Funny because it's true! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alisa | 1/18/2012

    " My husband and I read this outloud together....it really helped me think about the adjustments kids will add to a marriage, and how you can plan ahead to adjust. Though some of it seemed a "bit" on men bashing side, overall, it really helped my husband and I have some really good conversations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennah | 8/1/2011

    " A must read for anyone with a young child. Men included. Do not read if you are a parent to be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 1/26/2011

    " The book makes you realize you are not the only couple dealing with all the small issues that add up after having kids. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 12/3/2010

    " Informative. Written by 3 married women. Didn't read all of it...skipped some parts that seemed to bash on males/fathers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd | 9/25/2010

    " Easy to read, funny, and well balanced. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michel | 8/16/2010

    " This was a good read although it could have been condensed into a book about half the length I think. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha | 7/13/2010

    " fun and easy to read, but the advice is thoughtful, and really rings true. I can see this is one I'll need to read again, to help it sink in. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 6/11/2010

    " Very much in the vein of the Venus/Mars books, but written by women. A fair amount of common sense and cute anecdotes. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tulsa | 6/8/2010

    " The concept of the book was fine. The problem I have with it, the material wasn't anything I didn't already know. Yup....adding another member to you household (even if it's a goldfish) changes a marriage. What a shock! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mina | 5/29/2010

    " Must read for new parents... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mrs.haggie810 | 5/24/2010

    " A great book for soon to be parents, or couples with children already. Addresses lots of common problems, and simple, common sense solutions that you may not have thought of. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 4/8/2010

    " just started listening to this book on cd today and it's hilarious - if the whole book is as good as it starts i'll be sharing it with my other mommy friends! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bree | 3/17/2010

    " This book was like having a good chat with your girlfriends. Nothing groundbreaking, but lots of common sense, which is always needed when you are in the trenches. "

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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 cofounded a high-tech company in Austin, Texas. She resides in Austin with her husband and their three children.