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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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How to Ditch Your Post-Fight Gabfest

A lovers' spat is one drama you should not save for your mama (or your pals). If you head straight for the phone after a fight to bitch to anyone who will listen, it's time to break the habit. Here's why.


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The Fight: He’s not looking hard enough for a job

The Sounding Board: Your parents

Before: You would go to your parents to complain because you knew they’d back you up on this. After all, they were the ones who gave you such a strong work ethic. Plus, maybe they’ll feel bad and spring for that hot new Coach bag you want (but can’t exactly afford at the moment).

After: You see that going on and on about the dirty details concerning the (non) progress of your guy’s job hunt may unnecessarily worry your parents that their daughter is broke and unhappy. It may be a relief for you to vent, but you’re opening the door for unwanted prying later on.

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