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on 27 August 2006
A recent convert to Wendy Holden books, this one was just as entertaining as those I've read so far. I love the author's humour and deft touches with puns and clever world-play. This story is one experienced by most couples when baby comes along -despite the apparent equality of the sexes it is generally the woman who gets to look after the baby, do the housework, shopping & cleaning etc as well as hold down a full-time job. Tiredness leads to turmoil leads to rows.
Far from being a dig at men's selfishness or inability to see where they are failing (and woman's failing to point out in easy language that she needs his help instead of nagging or 'hinting'), the author shows us how we can maintain and improve a relationship after the arrival of baby, rather than go down the messy road to divorce.
The idea of a husband attending 'A School for Husbands' (how nice, in these politically correct times, to be able to use such a phrase!) is one that many women would find attractive. Perhaps this book should be made compulsory reading by all males? If only for them to realise that it's the little things that niggle (toothpaste tubes, toilet seats, pulled out drawers etc) which, when added up cause their partner to finally flip. But conversely, it should be read by all women as well, and they would learn that generally the man in their life does not mean to be unhelpful or useless, he just doesn't know exactly where he fits into this new domestic routine where his wife/partner seems to do everything so much better.
Perhaps divorce is the outcome of assumptions made by partners that their other half knows what they're thinking.
Laughter heals most things and all partnerships should have plenty of laughter within them.
Make a start with this book.