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The Lazy Husband

The Lazy Husband

How to Get Men to Do More Parenting and Housework

Joshua Coleman, Ph.D.

St. Martin's Press



My job is more stressful than your's.
I'm just not very good at domestic stuff.
Your standards are too high.
I never learned how to do this chore.

Have you heard one or more of the above excuses in the past month? Are you sick of your husband's avoidance tactics regarding housework and parenting? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you need this book. The Lazy Husband is a hands-on guide to understanding and changing men's attitudes towards domestic work and childcare. Dr. Joshua Coleman, author and clinical psychologist, understands that a happy marriage is a balanced marriage. And now, in his refreshingly honest and straightforward style, Coleman reveals exactly how women can motivate their husbands to become better partners and better fathers.

By outlining and defining the various types of lazy husbands, Dr. Joshua Coleman teaches women how to understand where their husbands are coming from and enact change. Some Lazy Husband types include:

* The Boy-Husband: This husband wants to be taken care of, and pretends to be incompetent around the house.
* The Perfectionist Husband: This husband wants the house and the kids to look perfect, but doesn't want to do the work himself.
*The Angry Husband: This husband keeps his wife at bay with his irritability, anger, or intimidation.

From here, Coleman develops type-specific plans for change. By following these proactive plans, you too can achieve a happy, well-balanced marriage. Just remember, you can do less by getting your husband to do more.


Praise for The Lazy Husband

“Finally, a no-nonsense, no-nagging guide for catapulting the man in your life off the couch, out of his cave, and beyond his defensiveness to become more of a team player and loving partner. This is a marriage instruction manual no woman should be without.” —Michele Weiner-Davis, founder of, and author of The Sex-Starved Marriage and Divorce Busting

“Joshua Coleman's The Lazy Husband is absolutely the best book on the subject to come out in over a decade. Drawing on poignant and often humorous examples from his therapeutic practice, Coleman offers practical advice for women and men that can turn troubled marriages into healthy partnerships. This book is a witty and insightful look at typical dilemmas faced by modern wives and husbands. It will save thousands of marriages!” —Scott Coltrane, Ph.D Dept of Sociology, U.C. Riverside, and author of Family Man: Fatherhood, Housework, and Gender Equity

The Lazy Husband is a warm, funny, and informative look at how to solve the universal problem of getting men to do more with the house or kids. I strongly recommend this to any woman who is struggling with this issue.” —Cindy Cashman, bestselling author of Everything Men Know About Women

About the author

Joshua Coleman, Ph.D.

A leading expert on marriage and relationships, Dr. Coleman's advice has been featured in the New York Times, USA Today, The Chicago Tribune, Parents Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Psychology Today, and many others. Dr. Coleman has served on the clinical faculties of The University of California at San Francisco/Mount Zion Hospital Medical Center and the Wright Institute Graduate School. He has been a frequent contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle and currently writes a column for Twins Magazine. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Joshua Coleman Ph D.

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