How Parenting Books Can Help Your Struggling Marriage

Interesting things I learned about relationships from a parenting book — “Good Inside” by Dr. Becky Kennedy.

Eva Grape
Heart Affairs
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7 min readMar 5, 2024


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At first glance, turning to a parenting book for marriage advice might seem like grabbing a cookbook when you need a novel. Yet, in the complex journey of relationships, especially when faced with temptations outside of marriage, the specter of divorce, and the quest for personal fulfillment, “Good Inside” by Dr. Becky Kennedy offers an unexpected roadmap.

My own story is a bit of a rollercoaster — from nearly cheating to struggling with feeling invisible next to my husband, I’ve been struggling with emotions, temptations, and a whole lot of soul-searching.

This article is about seeing your marriage in a whole new light.

Dr. Kennedy’s book, though aimed at parents, hit home for me in ways I didn’t expect. It talks about empathy, patience, and the simple belief that, at our core, we’re all good inside.

And guess what? Applying that to my marriage — looking at my husband and trying to see the good in him, even when times are tough — can make a huge difference.

Through my ups and downs, and with a little help from a parenting book, I feel I’m learning…