Book Review - Thou Shalt Not Whine: The Eleventh Commandment: What We Whine About, Why We Do It and How to Stop
If you're a parent with kids who know at least two words, you hate whining. It was absolutely amazing how the kids could push all my buttons with that simple act. But now, it seems like nearly all of society has picked up on whining as being the preferred form of communication these days. January Jones takes a humorous look at this phenomenon in her book Thou Shalt Not Whine: The Eleventh Commandment: What We Whine About, Why We Do It and How to Stop. Along with pointing out the most common whiners and their offenses, she also offers up ways to stop the whiner in their tracks... even if the whiner is you.
Introductory Lesson: Flying without Whining
Top Ten Whines From:
Post Script: Win, Don't Whine
Appendix: Woe Is Me - I'm a Celebrity
About The Author
MORE Thou Shalt Not Whine - Submit Your Own Whining Data
I'm guessing you'll find a match or two in the table of contents list... :)
Each of the chapters starts out with a brief description of the target audience, along with where the whining tends to be focused for them. Then you get the top ten list of whines. Let's take couples for example... The top ten are money, jobs, each other (stage 1), each other (stage 2), in-laws, sharing chores, entertaining, lack of romance, closet space, and pillows. For each of those whines, you get a couple examples ("your stuff's on my side" and "how many shoes do you need?") along with why this whine happens and how to cure it. Since I picked on closets here, the "why" is that there is no closet that can blissfully accommodate both a man and a woman. It's been like that since Adam and Eve. No matter how much room she has, she'll need more. The cure is to try for separate closets if the room will accommodate it. If not, then try to use the closet at separate times so you don't have to listen to the other person whine. She hands out this advice with a VERY large helping of humor and sarcasm, which helps to lighten the tone and the tension if this is something you're seriously trying to deal with.
I had a lot of fun reading Thou Shalt Not Whine. Even though much of it is meant to be laughed at, I was still surprised as how much whining has gotten to be part and parcel of our daily communication. If awareness is the first step towards dealing with a problem, Whine is most assuredly the first (humorous) step in that journey.