Relationships

Questions Couples Should Ask (Or Wish They Had) Before Marrying. — New York Times, 20061217su

Relationship experts report that too many couples fail to ask each other critical questions before marrying. Here are a few key ones that couples should consider asking:

  • Have we discussed whether or not to have children, and if the answer is yes, who is going to be the primary care giver?
  • Do we have a clear idea of each other’s financial obligations and goals, and do our ideas about spending and saving mesh?
  • Have we discussed our expectations for how the household will be maintained, and are we in agreement on who will manage the chores?
  • Have we fully disclosed our health histories, both physical and mental?
  • Is my partner affectionate to the degree that I expect?
  • Can we comfortably and openly discuss our sexual needs, preferences and fears?
  • Will there be a television in the bedroom?
  • Do we truly listen to each other and fairly consider one another’s ideas and complaints?
  • Have we reached a clear understanding of each other’s spiritual beliefs and needs, and have we discussed when and how our children will be exposed to religious/moral education?
  • Do we like and respect each other’s friends?
  • Do we value and respect each other’s parents, and is either of us concerned about whether the parents will interfere with the relationship?
  • What does my family do that annoys you?
  • Are there some things that you and I are NOT prepared to give up in the marriage?
  • If one of us were to be offered a career opportunity in a location far from the other’s family, are we prepared to move?
  • Does each of us feel fully confident in the other’s commitment to the marriage and believe that the bond can survive whatever challenges we may face?

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