Do you argue in front of your kids?
Patrick and I don’t really argue too much – but let’s be honest, there are some times when we are just impatient and short with each other. It’s marriage, it’s real life. It happens. When Olive was an infant, I somehow thought that never letting her see us angry at each other, or never letting her see us fight was the right thing to do. So if I was ever annoyed and raring to fight, I would sweep it under the rug and wait for a later time to talk about it. But “later” was always put off; we were either too tired, or too busy to reconnect, and things would pile up, and bubble over.
Seriously, this can’t be healthy.
I recently have started to believe instead of pretending that everything is okay, we should actually argue nicely in front of Olive, as and when we need to. I think that if my husband and I can show Olive how to effectively communicate (argue) with each other, hopefully she will learn that healthy relationships take work, and that there is a correct and respectful way to argue with someone you love. Healthy relationships take communication – and this is a lesson I want Olive to know well. On a side note, this probably will help Patrick and I think a little more before speaking in anger, as well.
What are your thoughts? Do you guys argue in front of your kids? Why or why not? I’d love to hear.
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