We often “discuss” things in front of the kids because we don’t think we should be afraid or ashamed to let our kids see us having a disagreement. I don’t believe you’re doing kids any favours if, at the first sign of tone, you duck off behind a closed bedroom door – although by the same token I’m not suggesting you act out a scene from War of the Roses, so put your batons and knuckle-busters away.
One of the many things kids take away from their parents is the ability to deal with conflict. If kids watch the two of you working through an issue and coming to some sort of compromise without beating each other with sticks or involving solicitors they’ll be better positioned to resolve their own arguments in the school yard and later when they’re in their own relationships.
When not typing away over here and checking his stats every two minutes,
Bruce Devereaux hangs out at his ‘BIG FAMILY little income’ Facebook Page.
’raising a family on little more than laughs’