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How to Survive the 7 Stages of Marriage

By Alisa Bowman |

When I married my husband, I thought there were only two stages of marriage: “the wedding” and “the funeral.” As it turns out, however, there are several. Sadly, I spent many years mired in a couple of the least pleasurable ones. The good news: you can navigate these stages, and you can eventually reach happily ever after. Here’s how we got through all seven stages of marriage without getting a divorce.

How to Survive the 7 Stages of Marriage

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Alisa Bowman is a journalist who writes regularly about relationships for Babble, Prevention, Family Circle and many other national outlets. She is the author of Project: Happily Ever After and the creator of the award-winning site Project Happily Ever After. Read bio and latest posts → Read Alisa's latest posts →

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4 thoughts on “How to Survive the 7 Stages of Marriage

  1. Experience Speaks Loudly says:

    You forgot to mention the other stages – the my husband is just like his father stage, the midlife crisis stage, and the always fun packed “I can’t lose that last 10 pounds” stage.

  2. Tom says:

    This series of “stages” is nowhere near correct or complete and the people who are responsible for this babble have left out way too many problem areas that married couples encounter. What about the “she doesn’t give a shit about anything” stage or, later in life, when this article would wax on about the “golden years”, when it’s really more a case of having simply given up on trying to get your spouse to care, even in the slightest, about the most basic and simple aspects of maintaining a home? Try for 30 years, spend all of your time and effort, and then she wonders why you’re unhappy no longer willing to spend any further emotional energy on her…..when she’s been getting a near-constant explanation for 30 years. It’s no wonder husbands look elsewhere (I never did; not once) for females who won’t just “say” that they care, but actually show that care in the form of actions.

  3. JoMary says:

    This article is pretty simplistic. How about the stress? Husband loses job. Family sues husband because they don’t like how their dad set up his will? Kids to raise. Long lost family member shows up mentally ill. When you get married, it’s not all about just the two of you. It’s about family members as well. It’s about adjusting to bad news. It can be a hell ride, trust me. What do you do if one of you loses sex drive? Huh? The one with the sex drive is pretty much screwed, or acts in a way unbecoming a married person. Way more to marriage than most of us realized when we took the vows.

    1. Marcia says:

      So true. Also add aging parents (your parents/your in-laws) into that mix which WILL happen.

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