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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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Smart Marriage Advice From 8 Rock-Solid Couples

Real couples’ secrets for keeping the romance alive, the anger at bay and the laughs rolling in.

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Take date nights seriously.

Lots of couples have regular date nights, but we have rules for ours:
1) We don’t talk about our (four) kids, but instead about our goals for the future, how things are going at our jobs -- all the things that made us fall in love in the first place. 2) We don’t cancel. My husband has been known to stand up in the middle of a meeting that’s running late at work and walk out for date night. People he works with know about it and respect it.

-- Nicole and Erik Griffiths, Porters Corners, New York, married 11 years

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