150 Secrets to a Happy Wife- A Book Review

150 secrets to a happy wife

I found this book  150 Secrets to a Happy Wife by Joe Gumm extremely entertaining and something which I can truly relate to.  This is one guy who really understands how a women’s mind work and knows how to really make them happy.In the thirteen chapters of his book he gives an in depth insight to how women think and relate to the people(males) around them.

Joe calls upon his own personal experiences as examples to “educate” other males on how they can avoid potential nasty situations which he faced due to situations with his own wife which he tackled badly. An example was when he really messed up with his comment to his then six-month pregnant wife that the pregnancy was not just about her and her cravings but the baby too. He was sure that he would have suffered hell if his wife wasn’t benevolent towards him that night.

There are certain parts of the book which I really like.

It’s all about her idea #29: Walk with her, not in front of her

I personally do get very annoyed when R is walking in front of me and expects me to follow behind him carrying the baby or holding on to one or two of the kids. If we are going out with all the kids I understand that it’s difficult to walk  five abreast. However if it is just us and the baby it really irks me as he can just walk off without even turning around to see where we are. I’m not your maid and don’t expect me to walk behind you. I may get super annoyed and start storming off in the opposite direction.

It’s all about her idea #45: Quit messing around on the computer/phone

This is really true for me. What I can’t understand if why guys need to be so “connected” all the time. I rather see them spending more quality time bonding with the kids or even me then that electronic object.Sometimes I can get so annoyed that I really feel like trashing the new phone which he bought. Whoever is that ” genius” which invented pushmail as an app on the phone. Is it really so important to stay so “connected” ?? As if I’m really doubt that he is so eager to reply to my e-mails at the first instance.

It’s all about her idea #59: Give her a card and write a poem

Joe writes about that it may be easier to write then to say for certain man. It has been ages since I have received a card or a poem. In fact the only time I remember getting one from R was during our courtship days. It would definitely be a nice gesture to receive one.

It’s all about her idea #90: Buy her that one thing
she’s always wanted

I’m certain that I too will be very happy if I receive the item which I always wanted. I’m sure R knows which item it is.

With 150 tips I am sure there are several which you can relate to and wish your spouse is able to do for you. It would be best if your guy is able to read the book himself. I gave this to R but he hasn’t really read through it as yet so I’m “highlight” all the relevant parts here for him in this post.


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Secrets Girls Keep- A Book Review

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I received an e-mail a few weeks ago from a Publicist asking me if I was interested to review this book.

Secrets Girls Keep: What Girls Hide (& Why) and How to Break the Stress of Silence

The title sounded very interested and I felt that it would be interesting to know what kinds of secrets girls keep. It would give me a better idea on how to deal with my students who are reaching their tweens.

In this book Carrie talks about the 7  Tips

Tip 1- Using your Gut

Tip 2- Discover your strengths and use them

Tip 3- Choose the right friends and respect them.

Tip 4- Be courageous and confident.

Tip 5- Be fit and stay fit ( Health is very important)

Tip 6- Dream Big ( Push yourself an be amazed as what you can achieve)

Tip 7- Get outside yourself ( Reflection and contribution to society)

These tips are incorporated into solving   problems surfacing in the following topics.

  • Beauty
  • Boys
  • Best friends
  • Family
  • Dealing with school
  • Cyberwellness
  • Divorce, suicide and other serious issues.

In each topic Carrie gives some real sound and practical advice using the experiences of various teenage girls to show how problems could be solved.

Carrie interlaces her topics with short quizzes which one can fill in to get a better understanding of  how they are at taking care of oneself, level of confidence, knowledge of boys etc.  I find these extremely useful for as a teenager one has yet to really understand how to handle one’s emotions and need for taking risks.

Having gone through the teenage years myself I understand how lost some of the girls featured in the book must have felt as they face  growing up and hormonal changes at the same time.

The tips presented by Carrie and the real life example case studies make this book an excellent guide for both parents and teenage girls who may be facing similar problems.  They are practical and easy to follow and everyone can easily relate to the teenage girls featured in the book.
Nowadays the kids mature extremely fast. Problems which used to be faced by teenagers are sometimes faced by tweens or even younger. Ie: difficulty in relating to their parents are issues that are also faced by some of my elementary school kids.

Carrie dishes out simple tips like

  1. Sending an e-mail or text message
  2. Sharing a journal
  3. Showing your appreciation through creating a card

These tips help in breaking the ice between parent and child and help to slowly guide them on how to get kids to talk to their parent.

Through all the examples presented in the book  a common trait that surfaced was that these girls  faced difficulties and didn’t know who they could turn to. Many of them tried solving or internalizing their problems on their own which gave them added stress. They cave in to the evils of social media and peer pressure and disregard their own health, family and friends.

Only when they learned how to open up and seek outside help were they relieved of the burden that they were carrying around.

Some of the girls didn’t know that they were having problems like depression or obsession till their family members noticed and approached them.

Being a teenager is a scary time for a girl as you are suddenly faced with issues and problems which surface out of nowhere. Boys for one are something which you may not have to deal with  as an elementary school student.

Carrie take one step by step through the issues that may arise with dating and boys and walk you through what you may be feeling and questions you may have about dating.

Secrets Girls Keep: What Girls Hide (& Why) and How to Break the Stress of Silence

If you are interested in reading this fabulous book, do grab a copy of the books from my  amazon affiliated link above. I  earn a small percentage .

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