Once the honeymoon is over, it’s time to get down to the reality of marriage. Soon enough, you have to face the facts: most marriages have problems, so don’t feel like you’re the only couple in the world having spats. Learn to recognize the most common problems in marriages today and how to handle them together, and you’ll make your union stronger and longer. According to a November 2007 report by Mayo Clinic staff, a couple has to learn to understand and respect each other’s differences and accept opposing views to make a marriage work.
There’s a reason they say that money is the root of all evil, and money problems are the number one culprit when it comes to marriage problems. Learning to make ends meet by making a budget and sticking to it is the key to accomplishing your financial long-term goals and easing this strain on your partnership.
In today’s world, it’s too easy to send a text or email instead of sitting down together and talking. Learning to express your likes, dislikes, dreams and goals will allow you to discuss the things you disagree on, instead of having an all out battle or feeling ignored by your better half. Lack of communication allows marriage partners to grow apart, sometimes without realizing it before it’s too late.
Sex, or lack of it, rates high on the list of marital difficulties. Too often, too seldom, likes and dislikes need to be shared or the door may be opened to infidelity. Couples need to respect each other’s feelings and encourage each other’s sexual needs to reach a happy medium in the bedroom and avoid sexual incompatibility.
Having opposite schedules is a problem in today’s hectic world. Couples need to have “down time” that is theirs alone despite the needs of their workplaces or family. Often partners set monetary goals that don’t include time for the growth of their relationship only to find they have accumulated goods but lost their marriage in the process.