Dating and marriage books
But the title of this book was so intriguing that I had to put it on my list.
I loved Dunn’s whip-smart voice and appreciated that her solutions to problems were backed up by professional solutions and studies.
I couldn’t get past the flowery language that often suggested “filling up your love tank.”While it makes for a great-selling book, I don’t think that complex humans can so easily fit into one box.
Why can’t we choose to be affirmed and value physical touch desire a fancy gift on occasion?
This was at best a good reminder to communicate honestly and compassionately with the one language that matters in our relationship: English.
Confession: I don’t have kids and I don’t hate my husband.
Some of Dunn’s problems, like feeling overwhelmed with responsibility and squabbling with her husband about chores, are not reserved for those with children; I could easily relate.
Dunn honestly articulated how marriage can be affected by having children.
(In Gottman’s research, he found that two thirds of couples underwent a precipitous drop in marital satisfaction when they became parents.) I think that while this book is marketed to parents and specifically to mothers, it’s a great read for those who might be on the fence about starting a family.
And Chapman’s right: The backyard gets clean faster with a compliment than a complaint.
Or, as my momma says, you catch more bees with honey than vinegar.