Arguing in front of the kids – does it really matter?

Arguing in front of the kids – does it really matter?

The answer is yes, it really does.

Pretty much all couples argue at some point and conflict is an ordinary part of family life. However, when that conflict becomes “the norm”, children are affected.

Research has shown that children as young as six months old register their parents’ distress. Studies that followed children over a longer period of time show that children who are insecure at nursery were more likely to have adjustment problems later in school. Even older teenage children remain sensitive to parental conflict.

Some children react outwardly showing anger, aggression or behaving badly at school. Others become worried and often feel hopeless.

Later in life, when these children become adults, those adults can experience more emotional, social and even physical health problems.

If you feel conflict in your home has become “the norm” then you may want to discuss, confidentially, what your options are moving forward. If so, please contact Jo Scott or Sue McArthur on 0191 2970011 or at