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Fighting In Front of Your Child In a marriage the occasional argument between parents is reasonable and even expected in a healthy family Even though this may be true living in a battleground of continual hostility and unresolved conflict can place a heavy psychological burden on the children Traumatic events like screaming fighting arguing or violence can cause many emotional and behavioral problems for the child Parents are role models for their children When children witness their parents being hostile toward one another it shows an inappropriate behavior Because of this the child may assume hostile behavior is okay or acceptable A child is still learning how to deal with hisher own impulses and models their parents behavior Children whose parents maintain anger and hostility are more likely to be more aggressive and hostile toward others If a child sees parents yell or hit one another the child will generally repeat what they see on others Witnessing parents argue can also cause children to disobey rules and regulations set by their parents and school They may assume because their parents disagree with each other then it is normal or acceptable to disagree with them and other authorized figures Regardless of what parents are arguing about many children tend to believe they are at fault When a child feels they are the cause of the argument they may feel afraid of the future They will blame themselves when the parents have another argument Also they may feel guilty if one parent moves out of the home or if they get a divorce because they believe they are the cause In this situation the child may feel abandonment and rejection In many cases a child that witnesses parents arguing especially if the arguing is violent they will feel fearful and apprehensive Unable to deal with these fears a child may become emotionally upset and controlling
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