Parents are occasionally surprised by how much their children know or hear when they’re talking or arguing. This reality comes to light when children open up and share things like “Are you and daddy getting a divorce?” or “Do you and
mom still love each other?” It’s normal for couples in satisfying marriages to have conflict, however, the disagreements should not always be overly heated and boisterous. As couples seek to model and portray a healthy relationship to their kids, it’s vital they handle conflict with a low degree of anger and a show of kindness even when disagreeing. Help your children feel secure by letting them know that you’re staying together and showing them they’re loved and safe.
Prescription: If your children do hear or witness you arguing or strongly discussing something, follow up with them and reassure them of your love and commitment to each other.