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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: Dealing With A Rude Neighbor?

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The older couple who lives next door put a rude note in our mailbox asking us to please "fix up" our yard. How do we respond?

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Before you fire off a response, take an objective look outside. Is the grass really high? Weeds out of control? How does it compare to the other yards in the neighborhood? If one house on a block looks crappy, it really can affect everybody else's property values, so you have an obligation to keep the street view of your house reasonably neat and tidy. But if you think your yard looks just fine, (thank you very much) write a note- since a face-to-face dialogue on the subject may get ugly-that's polite but unapologetic. Say, "We want to reassure you that we will continue to keep our yard looking neat, but you should know that landscaping isn't a priority for us right now. Thank you for understanding."

-- The Nest Editors

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