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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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The 4 Laws of Facebooking for Couples

Here's some rules for facebook that will help keep you from being banished to the couch:

Be careful with poking

Poking is a simple click that lets someone know...well...that you poked them. It’s weirdly exciting to get a poke, but it can quickly escalate. Say you poke someone of the opposite sex just to say hello. They can SuperPoke! you back (thus goading you to add on the application) with a sexier “Goose,” which looks pretty slimy to your spouse if they see it on your page.

Don’t auto-accept a friend request

Sure, it’s flattering when someone adds you to their list. But just because they want to friend you doesn’t mean you have to accept. Once a person becomes a friend, they can try to friend your friends. If that happens, not even defriending them will help.

Keep a low profile

Facebook lets you make a dossier of where you work, what you like and where you were Saturday night. But do you want everyone in the Facebookiverse seeing you and your spouse dressed as an electrical outlet and plug on Halloween? Consider a “limited profile” for casual friends.

Skip the less-than-savory extras

Some sexier applications are dedicated to adding “Hotties,” sending come-ons or rating cuteness. If you add these, watch out: You’ve entered a digital minefield. Send a hug! Oh, yes, I’ve been hugged! One day, a stranger sent me a footsie. No, she didn’t literally run her leg up my hairy calf, but it was still pushing it, so I defriended her right then—I’d already learned my lesson from HotPants.

-- The Nest Editors

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