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'Til Business Do Us Part

Can you handle working at home with your spouse? Our Homebased Psychology Expert, Azriela Jaffe, explains how homebased couples can work happily ever after.

This story appears in the September 2000 issue of HomeOfficeMag.com.

Making love in the afternoons. Enjoying a leisurely cup of coffee together in the morning. Taking a moment for a brief hug or an "atta boy." Closing up shop at 4 p.m. so both mom and dad can watch 6-year-old Jane in her first dance recital. Shopping together at Staples and saving money by sharing office supplies. These are the romantic images one can conjure up when thinking about couples working at home.

But an alternate reality can also be true: A fight the couple engaged in the night before about an upcoming family get-together spills over to the breakfast table. There will be no refreshing and healing break as each leaves for the office. They have to tackle a business project at 9 a.m.-together.

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