Fighting in front of the kids: how it affects them

Dr Richard C. Woolfson
magyoungparents@sph.com.sg

Conflict arises in every relationship. It enables disagreements to be raised and resolved, views to be exchanged, and sensitive matters to be sorted out. There is a hardly a mum and dad who don’t have minor arguments, especially when their children are young.

Yet no child likes to see his parents fight with each other. If your kids regularly catches the two of you in the middle of a blazing row, she’ll be very upset by it.

You know that this particular marital squabble is not the end of the world and that disagreements are part of family life, but she doesn’t know this. She sees things very simply – the two people she loves most in the world are at battle stations with each other.

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