All married couples experience problems now and then, it is to be expected. However, it is very important that you both work at your marriage and focus on a solution you can both live with instead of focusing on being right or having things your way. Compromise goes a long way in a marriage.
The Biggest Culprit
Money spending habits are a very common marriage problem. Often one person is a saver and the other is a free spender. This can lead to a great deal of stress in any marriage. Those living in poverty find money issues to be one of the biggest strains on their marriage.
Work together to come up with a realistic plan. For example sit down together and make a budget, listing all your income and monthly expenses. With the remaining money allocate a percentage to savings and a percentage to family entertainment. Assign each partner a weekly or monthly amount of money that they are free to do whatever they want with. Once it is gone that is it for that time period. This ensures the bills are getting paid, money is being saved, and the spender has some money to blow.
Different styles of disciplining children can make a marriage bumpy. It is never a good idea to contradict each other about discipline in front of the children. Sit down and come up with some good ideas that you can both agree on. If the children are old enough have a family discussion and discuss the rules with them as well.
Communication, Communication, Communication
Ironically, the biggest problem in most marriages is the one thing that helps resolve the rest of them! Communication is key to a very happy and successful marriage. Too many married couples don’t communicate well with each other. Instead they avoid the real issues, assuming they know what the other is feeling and thinking. Taking the time to ask your spouse what they think about a given situation and honestly listening makes a world of difference. You don’t have to agree with their opinion but you should always respect it.
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