Things sure were different in our parents’ day, especially when it came to marriage dynamics. While we may not do marriage better than our moms and dads did, we can learn a lot from their relationship missteps. Check out these old-fashioned marriage philosophies, and discover why they could be damaging.
1. Women married young.
“Women were expected to get their MRS degree,” says LeslieBeth Wish, EdD, a Florida-based psychologist and licensed clinical social worker specializing in women’s issues. “Many parents worried or felt ashamed if their daughter left college without a ring on her finger.” Today, we don’t bat an eye at women who are still single into their 30s. “Research shows that the brain doesn’t reach full maturity until age 26,” says Dr. Wish. So it makes sense to wait to choose your mate.