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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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How to Be a Good Auntie or Uncle (Without Being Annoying)

There's "hands-on" and there's being just plain annoying. We found 18 things you should—and shouldn't—do when someone you love has a baby.


Show up at the hospital with balloons and fresh flowers.

Volunteer to babysit.

Pick up baby when he/she's crying.

Use the hand sanitizer, soap or whatever else Mom asks you to before holding the baby.

Change diapers.

Remind Mom that she doesn't have to do it all on her own.

Plan to visit your new newborn niece or nephew on a semi-regular basis.

Try to act normal when your sister-in-law is breastfeeding in front of you.

Say the baby's cute—even if you think she looks like a mini version of an old man.


Arrive an hour after the baby's born, madly shooting away with your Canon.

Be surprised or upset if they say no.

Expect the baby to stop crying.

Make a face and go on a rant saying it's no wonder kids have allergies, they're not exposed to germs anymore.

Complain about it.

Repeat it over and over. She heard you the first time!

"Pop-by" every day (or sans food for the tired parents!).

Make up some reason to leave the room or stare at the floor.

Say she looks just like Grandpa...especially when she does that li'l baby sneeze.

-- The Nest Editors

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