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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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Love Q&A: Meeting couple friends?

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How can we meet more couple friends? All of my girlfriends are single and my beau and I would love to do date nights out.

Surely one of you must have partnered or married coworkers with whom you could try being friends. If not, consider broadening your social network. Take up new hobbies and meet new people through a running club, cooking course, or language class that you take together or alone. You might also check out MeetUp.com which is a centralized website that connects different social groups in countries all over the world. You may find a group of women (such as through a book club), including married or partnered ones, who you like and want to hang out with. Or you may identify a group that is couple-focused.

You could also just be patient -- after all, your single friends must date on occasion and, when they get more serious with someone, they may be great candidates for double dates. Making brand-new couple friends can be challenging, as you may like the woman but not her boyfriend or husband. Or you may like both people in the couple but your husband may find one of them utterly annoying. As such, while you may have an idealized version of what it would be like to have more couple friends, I would recommend letting it happen naturally with only the gentlest of pushes, such as through broadening your social network. Given enough time, your couple friends will be sure to emerge.

Nestpert: Debby Herbenick, PhD, is a research scientist at Indiana University, a sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, and author of Because It Feels Good: A Woman's Guide to Sexual Pleasure & Satisfaction. She blogs at MySexProfessor.com.

-- Debby Herbenick

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