Tips to Fight Fair in Front of Children

Thursday November 1, 2018

Marriage and family can bring heightened emotions and challenging issues when we least expect it! Should a couple ever fight in front of the children? If so, what are the right things to keep in mind so that it is a learning experience and not damaging to the marriage and family? Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you walk through what can either be a very growing situation or one that can be very hurtful and leave imprints that can last a lifetime in our children. 1 Don’t get physical or aggressive: It already deeply impacts a child’s security in their home and it is being a safe place for them when they see their parents disagree or fight, but it takes it to a whole other level when one partner becomes aggressive, physical or abusive. The child will hurt for the parent that is being attacked and can become fearful, angry, resentful or scared of the parent that is doing the attacking. It also teaches them a very dangerous way to settle differences that they will carry into their personal lives. Have a plan as a couple to walk away or take a time out if emotions are getting to this level so your children see a healthy way to handle conflict. 2 Don’t ask your children to choose sides: Again, it is already stressful enough for the children to see mom and dad fighting and have their security threatened, but can you imagine what it must do to them emotionally to get thrown in the middle of the dispute? Children need to be allowed to be children and not expected to be a referee or judge in their parent’s arguments. There is a deep emotional conflict if they are...... Read more on Full Issue!

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