No matter how well they try to hide it, children can always sense when their parents are angry with one another. You may think that your bickering doesn't leave an impression, but researchers have been studying how your relationship issues affect your kids, and have discovered quite a few ways that children are impacted when they grow up in a high-conflict home. Consequences from witnessing parental relationship struggles can negatively affect the child throughout his or her entire life.
The way you and your partner behave toward one another is a reflection of how strong your relationship is and, in turn, how safe your children feel. A child who feels unsafe can develop a myriad of social, medical, and behavioral conditions. Although no relationship is conflict-free, it is important to model healthy behaviors in front of your children such as forgiveness, understanding, patience, and open-mindedness so that they will learn that disagreements can and should be worked out. By witnessing this kind of resolution, you will help your child feel more confident and secure.
Do you and your partner argue in front of your children? And over more than whose turn it is to take out the trash. The following are ways that those arguments can negatively affect your children.