15 Amazing Things About Marrying Your Childhood Sweetheart

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childhood sweetheartsWhen I tell people I met my husband at age 14, I get one of two responses. Some people think it's sweet. Others can't believe I married a guy I've known since I was a kid.

I don't consider us true childhood sweethearts, but we have at least some of the advantages. The longer we're together (we passed our 12-year wedding anniversary in 2012), the more I get the lure of staying with someone you've known since diaper days for the rest of your life. So on behalf of all the childhood sweethearts who are sick and tired of hearing that their marriages aren't made to last, we've asked couples why they think it rocks being hitched to their childhood love.

They don't just get your old jokes; they made up half of them.

You know they don't have a double life with a secret wife hiding somewhere.

When old friends visit, you don't have to spend half the time explaining every single, darn reference.

You survived puberty together ... you can survive ANYTHING!

They know -- and get -- why your family is so weird, and they can back you right up when they start driving you crazy.

You know so much about how they were raised that you can anticipate any of those "how to raise the kids" arguments before they happen.

You never have to explain that tattoo.

You never had that awkward "meet the family" moment.

You have history to fall back on when the going gets tough.

There's no deciding if they're trustworthy; you've always known.

They know your weaknesses.

They know your strengths.

You have tons of blackmail material.

You don't have to figure out who you are with them -- you're just the same old you you've always been.

Holidays are easier when both families are in the same town.

All right, what did we miss? Why do you love being married to your childhood sweetheart? Sing it loud and proud!


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fleur... fleurdelys3110

I can't wait to marry mine in a few years! We've been together since I was 16 and he was 18. We're both considerably older and more mature now, but we don't feel we're old enough to get married yet. I'm sure we will though! I hate when people assume just because we're the only person each other has ever been with that we shouldn't get married just because of that. When you find the one, you just know it. Doesn't matter if you're 16, 21, 40, or 80. When you know, you know.

nonmember avatar Marky

I lost touch with my childhood love when we moved away and reading your post makes me wonder what would have happened and whether we would still be together today :)

mellynnf mellynnf

My husband and I have been together since I was sixteen. We had very similar childhoods so we are very in sync when it comes to raising our kids. I don't think we have ever had a discussion on how to handle our kids where we weren't on the same page.

mellynnf mellynnf

Also it doesn't matter what age you are when you get married. I think a lot of people who marry young and end up divorced use that as an excuse.  They don't want to admit to the mistakes they made or lack of effort in making a marriage work. I have more respect for someone when they say that they married the wrong person or they had differences they couldn't work out. 

nonmember avatar Heather

I think any love story can be a fairy tale whether you knew each other since you were in diapers or not. You do not however, know if they have a second wife simply because you grew up with them. Anyone has the ability to cheat, so that comment is a little small minded to me. It has nothing to do with the amount of time you have known each other and more to do with your relationship.

I do not personally feel this way, but the reverse argument is that if you are together at such a young age you didn't get to experience normal life experiences and it affects your marriage in a negative way. Pointless article.

JoeyJ... JoeyJrsMomma

I met my husband at 14, we were in the same homeroom in high school. We started dating at 17, moved in together at 20 and got married at 26. We even share the same birthday and I wouldn't have it any other way! 

momof... momof31995

I have been with my dh for 24yrs and married 21 I love that we know each other so well


my husband and I met when we were in 5th grade. we dated through middle school. lost our virginity together, then his family moved far away :( so we broke up. then we met again 15 years later and we have now been married 2 years. 

nonmember avatar Amanda

We met when I was 16 and he was 18. We're now 39 and 41, married almost 15 years.

tejan... tejanita1

My DH and I have been married for 13 years.  We've known each other since 6th grade and dated off and on since we were in 8th grade.  We each, at some point, were in other relationships, but we kept gravitating back to each other.  I think neither one of us was just really ready to commit to a relationship.  Finally, 14 years ago, he moved back to town and looked me up again.  We went out and have been together since then.  We got married a year later and now have a happy marriage with a beautiful daughter.

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