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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: Splitting the Work?


The Nest Q&A I work longer hours than my guy, so shouldn't he do more of the grocery shopping, laundry, waiting for the cable guy, etc.?


Sounds fair to us, but does it to your guy? Because it's essential that couples have a fair division of labor, there's no one set way to work out a reasonable deal. Maybe he's happy to handle everything except for the hardcore housework, and you don't mind wielding the Swiffer. Or, perhaps, he wishes you'd wait for the plumber now and then. Go over your weekly calendars on Sunday nights, and try to plan who will do what and when. As long as you're both pitching in, you'll find an arrangement that feels right and has the flexibility to change over time. "I may be more busy one week and vice versa," says Anna Hartman of Boston, "so we just take it week by week and try to split the work up so that no one is overwhelmed."

-- The Nest Editors

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