How to end dating someone

"When I met Rebecca, she was pursuing a career in advertising, and it wasn't until well after we started dating that she decided she didn't like advertising and opted instead to get her master's in education," says Aaron.

"Although I definitely wanted to marry an educated woman, I wouldn't say that it was critical that she match my mom's level of schooling -- though in the end, they both earned master's degrees." Rebecca says Aaron is just like her dad.

Some questions to discuss sooner rather than later: If we have kids, will one of us stay home? "Premarital counseling can get these questions out on the table in a civilized way, and prevent problems down the road," says Swenson.

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"You need to be together on those days when your car won't start ...

to see how you and your partner support each other." • Don't be afraid to disagree.

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