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It can be a challenge to balance the intimacy of our marriages with the other important friendships in our lives.


As a young girl, I grew up in a neighborhood that was primarily boys.

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So, I played football, kickball, basketball and baseball with the guys. Throughout high school and college, I always felt comfortable around guys. They were like big brothers to me.

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I remember one incident when I was going on a date in college. The guy came and picked me up from my dorm. I remember feeling cared for and protected by their actions.

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As a result, I continued to foster and build these relationships with opposite-sex friends — until I met my husband and got married. I saw nothing wrong with having opposite-sex friendships after getting married. To me, they were purely platonic.

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However, my husband had concerns. I had to ask myself some questions about the state of these relationships and how they impacted my marriage. I found questions from Dr. Todd Linaman, therapist and executive coach, that I chose to ask myself.

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Our friend groups went through change when we got married — including our opposite-sex friendships. I have a great deal of respect for my husband because he never demanded that I give up my friendships.

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He only wanted me to do what was in the best interest of our marriage. I made some intentional choices when it came to opposite-sex friendships after marriage.

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Friendships can add good and positive influences to our lives and to our marriages.


As people marry later in life, many are bringing long-term opposite-sex friendships into their marriage relationship.


I've found that when people rate their most painful experiences, their spouse's affair usually gets the top rating.


In , When Harry Met Sally posed a question that other pop-cultural entities have been trying to answer ever since: Can straight men and women really be close friends without their partnership turning into something else?