A Husband's Little Black Book: Common Sense, Wit and Wisdom for a Better Marriage

A Husband's Little Black Book: Common Sense, Wit and Wisdom for a Better Marriage

by Robert Ackerman


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Here's the little black book that women just love! Every man needs this wonderful collection of wit, wisdom and common sense in his library--a simple book that's sure to make a big impact in a relationship. It's often said that the littlest things make the biggest difference. Here is a book that lets men know what some of those little things are. Noted author Robert Ackerman has collected simple every day reminders of common courtesies and romance, sprinkled with timeless words from famous folks about what makes a marriage work. This delightful book is a must-have for the long-married, the newlywed or the engaged. It's often said that the littlest things make the biggest difference in a relationship -- now's the time to find out just what those things are!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781558743175
Publisher: Health Communications, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/01/1994
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 1,010,531
Product dimensions: 4.00(w) x 6.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Robert J. Ackerman, Ph.D., is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Mid-Atlantic Addiction Training Institute at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is a co-founder of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics, author of ten books and numerous research articles. He is a national lecturer, has appeared on shows such as The Today Show, Oprah, CNN Headline news and his research as been featured in Newsweek. He and his wife, Kimberly, have three children and live in Indiana, Pennsylvania.

Read an Excerpt


After I said, 'I do,' I said, 'What do I do?' Marriage licenses don't come with instructions. It wouldn't matter anyway. Most men I know don't read directions. That's why we can't program the VCR. After all, we secretly know that 'Real men don't need directions.' We would rather drive around for hours looking for our destination than ask for directions.

This book represents the collective wisdom I have heard over the years from both husbands and wives about what makes a good husband. It is not intended to teach you how to redo your life. It is about the everyday things that make living with her better. I hope you enjoy reading it and that it makes you think about her. It is the little things we do that make the biggest difference. Enjoy each other!

Share the TV
remote control.

Shampoo her hair for her birthday.

Don't eat potato chips in bed.

Put the toilet seat down.

Don't ask her how long she's been on the phone.

Men always want to be a woman's first love;
women have a more subtle instinct: what they like is to be a man's last romance.

Don't take more out of your relationship than you put in.

Go for a walk and hold her hand.

Send her flowers on an ordinary day.

Take turns driving the new car.

Pains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years. That's what makes a marriage last—more than passion or even sex.
—Simone Signoret

Fix household appliances without muttering about how they broke.

If she wrecks the car,
ask her if she is all right before you ask about the car.

You don't need to understand her completely to love her completely.

'I told you so' from your vocabulary.

Write down her telephone messages correctly.

Go grocery shopping with her.

Do the grocery shopping yourself.

Help her wrap the
Christmas presents.

Buy the holiday and birthday cards you send to your parents.

Marriage is our last,
best chance to grow up.
—Joseph Barth

Ask her about her day.

Don't give her advice unless she asks for it.

Listen when she talks about her friends.

Visit her relatives, too.

Look through her high school yearbook.

See a movie of her choosing, even if you don't want to see it.

Then in the marriage union, the independence of the husband and the wife will be equal, their dependence mutal, and their obligations reciprocal.
—Lucretia Mott

Take her to bed and just hold her.

When you're wrong admit it.

©2008. All rights reserved. Reprinted from A Husband's Little Black Book by Robert J. Ackerman. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street , Deerfield Beach , FL 33442.

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