The list of psychological reasons that so many couples argue about money are as deep and wide as the Grand Canyon itself. Marriage counselors spend lots of time shrinking couples over their handling and feelings about money usually indicating that it is the root source of all upheaval in a marriage.
For most of us, love and marriage go hand in hand. At least in the beginning of the relationship. After all, it is love that gently sways us to the alter to say our 'I do’s' till death do us part.
The “Man Cave” has become a new phrase that describes a special place where the ‘modern’ man can watch their sports loud with the guys - or alone, where no kid is welcomed, where a man can retreat to ‘surf the net’ and mostly, have some privacy.
One of the negative ways a baby affects marriage is the amount of time and energy she requires from her parents. A parent who cares for this demanding human day and night may have little left to offer his or her spouse.
So, is it fair for the person you married to change their mind about wanting kids, even if they originally promised you that they didn’t? This can be a very difficult question to answer as many factors can come into play.
Dealing with your in-laws is twice as difficult as dealing with your own family. The snide remarks, the gossip, and the bickering are at their most intense when the in-laws come to visit.
Family politics can be very tricky! Honoring your in-laws as the people who lovingly raised your spouse can not only endear them to you, but also make your spouse grateful that you revere his or her parents enough to do as they’ve asked.
Robert Buchicchio (MSW, LICSW, DCSW has a BA in psychology from University of Rhode Island and an MSW from Ohio State University.
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