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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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Nesties' Marriage Secrets

"If you're arguing with your spouse over how to do a task, just remember that the results won't matter in one day, one week, one month, or one year. Chill out." -- LorieA

"Don't forget to keep 'dating' after you're married. Getting all dolled up and going out on the town, sneaking kisses in the movie theater -- these help keep things exciting!" -- Kauline

"Don't complain or talk badly about your husband to your friends, parents, or siblings. You'll forgive him long before they do, and you risk having your relationship judged or commented on by others. If you have to get it out, write in a journal." -- TheBrowns

"Don't think that there won't be any problems after the wedding. Talk about what you're feeling and don't try to hide your problems from your spouse -- they'll only explode later on." -- Transparence

"Sleep naked!" -- Tracy&Steve  

"Always remember you don't own your spouse -- your spouse is a gift, not a possession." -- MDwifey

"Be the bigger person -- be the first to apologize. I personally struggle with this. I don't want to be the first to say sorry! But marriage is more important than our own little self-interests, so I try." -- Kyleigh

"Nobody is perfect, not even you. When he forgets something important or messes up; you could eventually do that too. And when you do, youll hope he won't hold it over your head for the next 50 years!" -- Goldenmama

"You need to be willing to make more than 50 percent of the effort nearly all of the time. Don’t be territorial about things, like who changes the toilet paper roll. If each partner puts in what he or she perceives as more than half the effort, things will work pretty well." -- LucyMax

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-- The Nest Editors

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