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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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Which TV Couple Are You?

Is your spouse more of a nerd, like Leonard from The Big Bang Theory, or a bad boy like Bill in True Blood? Find out with our quiz.

1) How did you and your spouse originally meet?

A) Randomly -- we were at a bar and the sparks flew.

B) On the Internet. I’m super-busy and wanted to see if I could find someone to live my life with.

C) We were just friends at first. It took a while for things to heat up in the romance department.

D) We kept running into each other. We had mutual friends, went to the same school, and/or lived in the same neighborhood and were attracted to each other.

2) When you introduced your spouse to your parents and friends, what did they say first?

A) “You guys have tons of chemistry! We can tell he really supports you.”

B) “He’s so sweet. A little goofy, but it’s endearing.”

C) “He’s so smart -- you guys are adorable!”

D) “He would do anything for you, wouldn’t he?”

3) What attracts you most to your significant other?

A) He’s so mysterious, but I trust him instinctively.

B) He’s all about our relationship and making it better -- he’s the best.

C) He is the sweetest and smartest guy I know.

D) He always puts me first and treats me like a queen.

4) You just got into a fight with your best friend. What would your spouse say?

A) “What did they do to you?”

B) “Um, so do you want to talk? Or if you don’t, that’s okay. Whatever you want to do.”

C) “Let’s look at this logically. Start from the beginning.”

D) “Baby, don’t worry about it. I’m sure it’ll blow over.”

5) If you two were a food pairing, what would you be?

A) Waffles and fried chicken. No one knows why you two work, but you do.

B) Strawberries and chocolate. You’re both very similar but certainly have your differences.

C) Peanut butter and jelly. You both can work independently, but complement each other well.

D) Vanilla ice cream and hot fudge. Total opposites that work perfectly together.


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