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春节(Spring Festival)临近,不少年轻的异地[1]双独生子家庭[2]开始困扰到底该"回谁家过年"[3]。去年10月才结婚的小佟说,因为回家过年的事儿,跟丈夫吵了几次架。

小佟夫妻俩都是独生子女,双方父母都割舍[4]不下,双方父母都想让俩人一起回去过年。但小佟家在江苏(Jiangsu province),丈夫家在四川(Sichuan province),相距[5]太远,六天假期不可能双方家都回。但是作为独生子女,他们也不希望自己爸爸妈妈独自过节。




Spring Festival is arriving and many young couples comprised of two singletons, where the two sides arrive from different locations, are beginning to ponder upon the problematic question of 'whose (husband's or wife's parents) house to visit'. Xiao Tong, who married last October says that she had many fights with her husband over the issue of returning 'home' to visit the families.

The Xiao Tong husband and wife are both singletons. Their parents don't give up their wishes that the couple would visit their house for the Chinese New Year. Xiao Tong's parents live in Jiangsu while her husband's family is at Sichuan. The distance is large and they couple isn't be able to visit both places in this six-day vacation. Nevertheless, as singleton children, they really can't bear the idea of letting their parents celebrate the holidays by themselves.

A high number of youngsters are at the same situation. Every year at this period, the issue of 'returning home' causes many conflicts among couples. Nowadays, when the couples are composed of singletons and nobody is willing to compromise, the only possibility is to fight. Today there are about 100,000 singletons in China among whom many are gradually becoming husbands and wives. In many cases one couple provides support for four elderly parents. Many young couples actually deal with this difficult problem quite well, for example visiting each house in turns during the holiday or visiting a different home every year. There are also some couples were each side returns to his/she's own parents, but although this reduces the problem it prevents the family from reuniting.

Marriage counselors argue that no matter which tactic is used to arrange the New Year's, no solution is perfect. In order to solve the problem of visiting 'home', both husband and wife must make concerted efforts. They also suggest that parents would be considerate of the difficulty of their children.

[1] 异地 yì dì - different places, come from different regions

[2] 双独生子家庭 shuāng dú shēng zǐ jiātíng - households were both parents are single children

[3] "回谁家过年" huí shéi jiā guònián - return to whose home to celebrate the New Year

[4] 割舍 gē shě - give up

[5] 相距 xiāng jù - be apart

[6] 妥协 tuǒxié - compromise

[7] 婚育 hūn yù - wedding

[8] 赡养 shànyǎng - support

[9] 轮流 lúnliú - in turns

[10] 团聚 tuánjù - reunite

[11] 夫妻关系调解专家 fūqī guānxì tiáojiě zhuānjiā - experts for mediation in marriage relationship, marriage counselors

[12] 同心协力 tóng xīn xié lì - make concerted efforts

[13] 体谅 tǐliàng - be considerate

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