Fighting in Front of the Child
In a marriage, the occasional argument between parents 1 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 behavioural 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 behaviour. Because of this, the child may assume hostile behaviour is okay or acceptable. A child is still learning how to deal with his/her own impulses and models their parent’s behaviour.