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b2ap3_thumbnail_divorce_640.jpgIf you are married or in a serious relationship, you probably already know that there are nearly infinite topics couples argue about. While many couples are able to weather such arguments, other relationships begin to crumble and may head toward divorce. Some couples argue about money while others argue about sex or household chores. A new study shows that there is one topic that seems especially controversial in many marriages: when the children should go to bed.

The study from Penn State University has found that disagreements over children’s bedtime can lead to major tension in the marriage and can even lead to divorce. The researchers surveyed 167 mothers and 155 fathers about their child or children’s bedtime routine. The study found that mothers who believed young children should be tended to throughout the night had more tension and worse communication with the child's father than other mothers. Couples also disagreed about how and when children should be put to sleep.  

Frank and Honest Communication Can Prevent Disagreements Later in the Marriage


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b2ap3_thumbnail_secretive-couple.jpgThousands of couples end their relationship because of infidelity every year. For some, one incident of infidelity is enough to ruin a marriage. In other relationships, the person who cheated may have been given second or third chances to change their behavior and did not do so. Eventually one partner decides that the relationship cannot continue and files for divorce. Many famous celebrities and political figures have struggled with infidelity. Tiger Woods, Newt Gingrich, Bill Clinton, and Arnold Schwarzenegger—just to name a few—have all been caught or admitted to being unfaithful to their spouses.

Risk vs. Reward

Recent research shows that 2-4% of spouses admit to cheating on their spouse in the last year. There are several schools of thought about why people cheat. A number of theories suggest that people weigh the costs and benefits of infidelity. If a couple has invested a lot of quality time together, their tendency to cheat will be less than that of couples who have not invested as much time into the relationship. Spouses calculate the risk verse the reward of cheating.


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b2ap3_thumbnail_party_640.jpgFor many generations—centuries, even—divorce carried with it a sort of social stigma. A person who could not make his or her marriage work was often seen by his or her peers as a failure or, in some cases, immoral. While there are still social circles in which divorce is frowned upon and somewhat unacceptable, most of Western Culture has come to accept divorce as a reality of modern life.

Perhaps one of the most obvious examples of this is the increasing popularity of divorce parties—literal parties thrown to mark the end of a marriage. Party planners and DJs across the country have begun advertising their services for divorce parties which are intended to ease the transition for the newly-divorced into their new life.

Together or Separate?

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