Contrary to that old marriage advice, it's impossible to never go to bed angry. If you're in a relationship, it's possible that you and your partner will have disagreements on anything from what to have for dinner to how to discipline your children. But it's important to know when that conflict is extreme and when to pay attention to how your disagreements are affecting your young children. If you are experiencing constant conflict in your relationship, you should be watching for the signs your relationship is affecting your toddler.
An occasional argument with your partner will not do your child serious, long-term damage. In fact, as developmental psychologist Diana Divecha, Ph.D., suggested, allowing your child to witness healthy conflict resolution can help them manage conflict effectively in their own social situations. However, when the conflicts are violent and go unresolved, your children can be affected.
If you are in a relationship that is plagued with conflict and stress, it's important to seek help to manage the impact on your family, as the consequences for your children will only become more serious as they get older. As Parenting suggests, children who grow up in troubled households are at greater risk for depression, poor school performance, and behavior problems. So keep an eye on these signs your relationship is affecting your toddler, and you need to correct your behavior.