Essential Manners for Couples
From the man who closed the lid forever on the "toilet seat debate" in the New York Times bestseller Essential Manners for Men comes the follow-up book that paves the way for couples everywhere to fix relationship problems before they start.
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Peter Post offers the secrets to a long and happy marriage
or partnership -- without psychoanalysis or prescription
medication. The good news: often just a few simple words or
actions can mend a rift. Essential Manners for Couples
reveals how easy it can be to keep the spark in your
With self-deprecating humor, clarity, and wit, Peter
recounts couples' most mischievous manners foibles (his own
included). Essential Manners for Couples is based on Emily
Post Institute surveys, Peter's years of fielding thousands
of etiquette questions, popular demand from couples
attending his national lectures and workshops, and his
experience as a husband and father.
Peter looks at couples' private lives and public lives,
revealing the common "flashpoints" -- the places,
situations, and times when inconsiderate behavior is most
likely to invade your blissful coupledom. He
offers "etiquette imperatives" -- simple truths and concise
nuggets of advice not to be ignored, including:
Permissive flirting: How to define parameters and enjoy
verbal combat with the opposite sex.
The "Chore I.Q." test -- are you really divvying up the
When you hate her friends: socializing with the enemy.
Enter children: Good parents still spend time together as a
Bedroom etiquette -- getting beyond the headache excuse.
Interactions with in-laws -- smooth merge or crash and
Where to go for the holidays: surviving family visits and
how to say "no."
Balancing life with your other significant other -- your
work ... and much more.
Essential Manners for Couples is a must-have resource for
the couple who wants to celebrate their union and
strengthen it. As Peter Post says, "By using the principles
of etiquette, couples can avoid many of the potholes on the
road of their shared life, and the ones they do hit are
smaller and more manageable." With this book in hand,
you'll enhance your relationship, head off hostilities, and
have fun doing it.
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