This Marriage Advice Should Be Required Reading for Newlyweds

1. The relationship you have with your kids should never come before your marriage. The “your-spouse-should-always-come-first” philosophy may not sit well with some parents but it could help couples stay clear of divorce.

 2. The annoying habits that drive you nuts before you’re married won’t go away once you’re wed. Your spouse’s annoying habits multiply exponentially after you’ve tied the knot. Little things that gain annoying momentum as years go by. While dating, they seem changeable and cute. When the adrenaline wore off, those pesky habits became a problem.

 3. Happy couples regularly say “I love you,” but those three little words alone aren’t enough to keep the spark alive through the ups and downs of a long marriage.

 4. It’s not going to kill you to spend a weekend away from your spouse. In fact, it could benefit your marriage, especially if you’re experiencing a rough patch.

 5. One phrase to strike from your vocabulary after marriage: “Stop talking.” (Or its uglier alternative: “Just shut up.”)  If you find yourself telling your spouse to “shut up” mid-argument, go directly to jail, do not pass go, and most definitely do not collect $200.