Do the kids hear you fight?
Last night, a domestic squabble ensued in our household, involving raised voices, angry tones, and some swear words for emphasis. One of us was hanging laundry, the other was handling kitchen duties. The kids were nearby, and quickly came to our assistance at the thought that it may help diffuse the situation.
When I was a child, I heard some pretty terrible verbal jousts between my parents. Many times, it brought me to tears myself. Sometimes, even, it brought me to my knees in prayer, hoping that they would soon work it out and return to their playful, loving selves.
Arguments are a reality. How and whether we expose the kids to these tense moments could be a different story. I'm curious: do you fight in front of the kids? Are you careful and certain to only discourse in private? If the kids have caught you in the crossfire, how have they reacted? Have you discussed and explained the arguments with them?