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Find common values
While it may be true that “opposites attract,” the ideal is that spouses find their shared middle ground of essential values. If two people’s values are radically opposed, it will be extremely difficult for them to last as a couple, because those values permeate the relationship of the spouses as well as their interactions with the rest of the world. This issue arises especially when their first child is born and they need to agree on the methods and principles of their child’s education. For this reason, it’s important before getting married to take the time to really get to know each other, to share your deepest priorities, hopes, and dreams, and to talk through it all.

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