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Disagreeing in Front of Children – Marriage Message #348

The last few weeks we’ve written on the subject of married couples who argue in front of “audiences.” The point we’ve been trying to make is that it can be embarrassing and awkward to others (and it should be to each of you) when you inflict this type of tension upon them. For that reason, it’s important to:

STOP…  See The Other People and be kind enough to take your arguments elsewhere. Please use enough self-control and restraint to wait for a more appropriate time and setting to settle your disagreements. That’s ESPECIALLY true when it comes to fighting in front of your children. It can negatively change who they are in the future if they witness their parents fighting with each other in ways that are hurtful.

But does that mean they should NEVER see you disagree as a married couple? No. But you need to be discerning as to what is hurtful and what is helpful for children to witness. We think Mitch Temple says it best in the wonderful Focus on the Family book, titled The First Five Years of Marriage. He addressed the following question:

“Is it okay to disagree in front of the children?”


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