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Updated: March 22, 2012 8:47 AM | By Melissa Walker
Smart Marriage Advice From 8 Rock-Solid Couples

Real couples' secrets for keeping the romance alive, the anger at bay and the laughs rolling in



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Take date nights seriously
Lots of couples have regular date nights, but we have rules for ours: 1) We don't talk about our (four) kids, but instead about our goals for the future, how things are going at our jobs - all the things that made us fall in love in the first place. 2) We don't cancel. My husband has been known to stand up in the middle of a meeting that's running late at work and walk out for date night. People he works with know about it and respect it. -- Nicole and Erik Griffiths, Porters Corners, New York, married 11 years

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Mar 26, 2012 11:00AM
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how about a new survey for really standing the test of time with challenges? Married 27 years, 6 kids and facing unemployment for 3 yrs straight? Who cares about dirty socks or toothbrushes?
Mar 26, 2012 12:53PM
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Another perfectly demographed, expected answer, sterotypical survey by you-know-who...lol..​​.Theresa is right on...how about a survey on the tough side and times of relationships with people who live real lives...maybe even real Canadians...THAT would be interesting...see who answers honestly vs politically correct!...just a thought!
Mar 29, 2012 11:00AM
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After being married 18 years I think one key element is commitment. Being commited to your partner no matter what life throws at you. Marriage is work, but it also can be fun as well. Do not lose the fun that life and challenges can take out you. Work, kids, mortgages, football practices, hockey practices, inlaws, etc, etc. can take its toll. Never lose the attitude that your mate is a gift that is meant to be cherished and respected, even thought you might want to strangle them from time to time.

 

The real reward in marriage is after years of being together and knowing all the warts, and where skeletons  are buried, you still love and care for the person. That takes work!  but the rewards are worth it.

 

The key to make marriages work is both parities putting a prioirity on the marriage and the relationship before, every thing else.!

Mar 26, 2012 10:04PM
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All I can say is relationships are give and take. You cannot always beleive you are 100% right, butting heads all the time will get you no where, this is something i had to learn the hard way as well. All I know is if you truly love someone, you will find a way to make  your relationship work, always try to listen to eachother, talk things out and try to always remember what brought you together, not some petty foolishness or half dressed **** that tries to take that away. Work towards that future together. I hope this helps someone
Apr 15, 2012 11:54AM
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how can save your marriage if your husband sleep with someone 13 years younger and never had kids and lies  about  the affairs

 

Mar 26, 2012 2:21PM
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thank you michael. sometimes it just needs to be said, right?
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