I have read so many posts on women complaining about their DH spending money on frivolous things instead of taking their wives/gf out, or buying things for the new baby....etc....
DH and I talk about every dollar we spend. If I see something I want, I talk myself out of it and think, "No, we need things for DS", and I put it back... and DH does the same thing. We share our bank accounts, and it seems a lot of couples don't these days. And if they do, they inspect the statements and see what he or she is spending.
DH and my biggest thing is communication. We have never had a fight in the 12 years we have been together. We talk about everything. Sure we have little disagreements here and there, but we talk about it, not argue.
I talked (of course) to DH about the posts I read on CM, and asked him if we are the weird couple. He agreed that it was strange to him that a lot of couples do not communicate, and in this day and age, I guess, we are the "weird" couple.
My Grandmother had always told me that communication is the key to a successful relationship, she told me that as long as I can remember, and so far she is right.
I guess the point of this post, is to share that little bit of information. TALK to your SO, hear each other out. You are a team, and if your kids see that you are a team, you are teaching them how to make and keep solid relationships, in their personal life and their professional life.
What is it that makes your relationship successful?