Warning New parents are likely to experience:
Scorekeeping--An exceedingly complex, often relentless,
tit-for-tat war waged by husbands and wives over the division of
parenting responsibilities and domestic chores.
The Ten O'Clock Shoulder Tap--Considered by many men to be a
form of foreplay. A paw on a wife's shoulder is how some men
indicate their desire for sex. The Tap is rarely accompanied by a
term of endearment or any other verbal form of communication and is
seldom well received by the often-sleeping/almost-always-exhausted
wife. The frustrated husband, meanwhile, wonders if his wife has
pulled a Bait and Switch in the bedroom.
Clash of the Grannies--A high stakes "who will have the greatest
influence on the grandkids" tournament played by each set of
grandparents. Competitive categories include: the Title
Championship (who gets to be called "Grandma"), the Battle for
Floor and Wall Space, the Battle for Face Time, and Gratuitous
The Babyproofers are three women who wouldn't trade their roles
as mothers for anything, and they love their husbands deeply. But
after living through it and hearing the stories of hundreds of
other couples, they know that with young children in the house, you
need to block the stairs with baby gates, put plastic covers over
the outlets, AND take the necessary steps to safeguard your
"Babyproofing Your Marriage" is the warts-and-all truth about
how having children can affect your relationship. The authors
explore the transition to parenthood in light of their own
experiences, with input from their husbands and commentary from men
and women across the country. Their evenhanded approach to both
sides of the marital equation allows spouses to understand each
other in a whole new way.
With loads of humor and practical advice, the Babyproofers will
guide first-time parents and veterans alike around the rocky shores
of the early parenting years. Don't fall prey to common
relationship pitfalls: Babyproof Your Marriage
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