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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: Picky Eater?

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I don’t eat much meat, and seafood grosses me out. I’m realizing people find it rude when I barely eat at their dinner parties. What else can I do?

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You can hope your hosts serve plenty of side dishes to fill your plate without anyone noticing. But chances are some snide diner will say something like, “Not having any salmon?” We can only suggest that you put on a big smile and say, “I’m great with this, thanks!” The key is to be positive about what you can eat (“Yum, these potatoes are sooo good!”) without calling attention to or turning up your nose at what you can’t. As long as you’re not being a Debbie Downer about their food, your hosts have no right to call you rude. And if you feel comfortable with the hosts, tell them your restrictions two weeks ahead of time and offer to bring the salad.

-- The Nest Editors

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