Would you attend a school for newlyweds? Do you wish you had?
Thu, Apr 9 11:14 AM
Veliky Novgorod (Russia), April 9 (RIA Novosti) A school for newlyweds is to open in this Russian city to teach couples how to build happy marriages, a spokesman at the mayor’s office said.
The first centre will open April 15. Couples will be given lessons on how to raise children.
The spokesman said invitation to join the school would be sent to all newlyweds in the city.
Last year was the ‘Year of the Family’ in Russia, which has seen consistently high divorce rates since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
According to city statistics, there were 13 percent more divorces in the city over the first three months of the current year compared to 2008. There were also 5.4 percent fewer marriages registered in the same period.
Actually my husband and I did have a course of 4 or 5 sessions prior to our wedding day with our local vicar – it was something that the chuch made complusory for all weddings of people under 30 in that particular diosese. Weird at first, but we got used to it – and actually there were some beneficial elements to it. It didn’t stop us falling out – but it did provide a bit of insight.
Edit: by “falling out” I mean arguing etc – we are still married.