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NYT: Bickering more after kids?

DALLAS (SMU) – Feel like your fighting more with your spouse after having kids? 

That’s not surprising, given that you have new responsibilities to tackle and you’re probably not getting the sleep you need.

Stephanie Wilson, an SMU assistant psychology professor, told The New York Times that “that lack of sleep is one of the reasons couples spar.” Wilson has researched the relationship between sleep and marital conflict, and found that the worst case scenario for squabbling was when both partners were sleep deprived. If only one partner is exhausted, the bickering isn’t as bad, The NY Times’ Jessica Grose reported.

Read the article to find some great tips for avoiding a relationship apocalypse while you’re raising your children.

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