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My daughter was 11 when she went to her first school dance. I put on a brave face as she got out of the car in her polka-dot dress (with a denim jacket for her signature swagger). "Have fun," I said, trying to sound airy.
But what I really wanted to say as she disappeared into the crowd of sixth-grade bravado was, "Wait—come back!" She still seemed too young for a middle-school mixer and the awkwardness that accompanied it. I thought about my first dance: standing alone in a corner, not moving, desperately waiting for him to notice me. How did I get from there to dropping off my own daughter at the doorstep of romance? And was there a way to make those girl-meets-boy dramas any less heart crushing? Read More ›
1. Financial Infidelity Eighty percent of married people spend money their spouses don't know about—usually to avoid conflict—according to CESI Debt Solutions, a debt-counseling organization. But hiding a large purchase or getting a credit card on the sly erodes trust, which is essential to a healthy relationship, says Doug Welpton, M.D., author of Attract Love, Intimacy and Money: Use Your Mind to Get What You Want.
Couples Therapy: Track where the family's money goes by linking all accounts to a financial planning website like Mint.com or BudgetTracker.com. Once a year, review both spouses' credit reports for inaccuracies, says Ruth Hayden, author of For Richer, Not Poorer: The Money Book for Couples. If your husband refuses to share his, he may be hiding something. Read More ›
You vowed to love each other for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health. But no one said anything about packing on the pounds together. Here's how to stop married life from going straight to your hips.
The Couple Problem
You've heard that husbands and wives begin to look alike, but the real resemblance may be the bellies both spouses start to develop. Putting on weight is a common problem for couples. According to a recent study in the American Journal of Human Biology, married people are more likely to be overweight than single people -- and the older they get, the more weight they gain. But why do the postnuptial years plump you up, and what can you do to defy the odds? Read on for the expert lowdown and slimming strategies. Read More ›