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Every marriage is bound to encounter a few bumps along the road, especially when you're first starting out. We're here to help you out with solutions to couples issues and common newlywed arguments. First, find out about the tried-and-true stuff your parents probably wish they'd known. We've sorted out the newlywed "rules" you can ignore from the relationship mistakes you need to avoid. Learn the right way to handle a fight and the solutions to the most common newlywed arguments. We've also got help for couples issues that are specific to the modern marriage. For example, the four rules of Facebook for couples, how to deal when you're married to a metrosexual, and handling coworker crushes. You can also read our expert Q&A for dealing with all kinds of couples issues. Find tips on making friends as a couple, managing work stress as a pair, and avoiding common newlywed arguments about stuff like cleaning and entertaining. We'll help you solve issues with everyone -- your honey, your couple friends, your in-laws -- and find solutions that work in every part of your life, from the bedroom to the office. From whether it's okay to tell friends about your issues to breaking out of a sex rut, we've got you covered. And don't forget your fellow Nesties! We've pulled together lists of real couple gripes and likes, Nesties' marriage secrets, and their most ridiculous fights -- you're sure to relate to something! Or find even more sympathetic ears with our relationships message board.

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10 Signs Your Sex Life is Flatlining

Sure, a rut here and there is normal. But look out for these red flags -- they could mean your sex life needs to be resuscitated pronto.

In the beginning of your relationship, the sex was hot. You’d fantasize about each other all day and spend your nights (and your mornings…and some afternoons) getting it on. At the time, it seemed impossible that you’d ever become one of those once-a-week couples. And yet, you can barely remember the last time you craved sex with your partner the way you once did, let alone actually doing the deed. So are you just going through a dry spell, or is it more serious? Here are 10 signs your sex life is reaching “code blue” status.

1.) You have a drawer full of sexy nightgowns…that you haven’t worn in months. Who needs lingerie when you have worn-out Dave Matthews Band T-shirts, right? Wrong. It’s fine to throw on sweatpants and other comfy clothes some nights, but if you don’t switch it up, your partner might think you’re more interested in flannel than foreplay.

2.) Your spouse’s body is imprinted into the couch. In fact, he’s fallen asleep in front of the TV three nights this week. (Come on, nobody likes Letterman THAT much.) The worst part: You kind of like it -- he can’t hog the covers!

3.) You’ve missed a few birth control pills this month -- but aren’t panicking. You haven’t had sex since your last period, so what’s the big deal?

4.) Your bedroom has turned into an office. Instead of cuddling in bed before falling asleep, you’re both on your BlackBerrys confirming the next day’s meetings. (Nothing says sex like emailing your boss PowerPoint changes.)

5.) You feel awkward when you’re watching TV together and commercials for condoms and lubes come on. Did they have to bring that up?

6.) You usually love hearing your best single friend’s dating stories, but you suddenly get snappy when she tells you about the amazing sex she just had with a guy she met recently. “Sex on the fifth date? Could you be any easier?” (Yeah, she’s not talking to you at the moment.)

7.) Your new definition of talking dirty is deciding who’s scrubbing the kitchen floor.

8.) You haven’t groomed “down there” since you last wore a bathing suit…two months ago. Come to think of it, when was the last time you shaved your legs?

9.) You used to worry about going to bed with the windows open in case the neighbors might, um, “hear” you. Now, you keep them closed so you can’t “hear” the neighbors (who do they think they are anyway, newlyweds?).

10.) Your partner used to sneak into the shower with you each morning for a pre-work scrub. Now? He still sneaks into the bathroom…but only to use the toilet. Even worse, sometimes he goes number two (seriously, is he trying to gross you out? Talk about unsexy!).

Here are some major tips on how to heat up your relationship.

-- The Nest Editors

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