The way that parents interact can have a significant impact on children. It is helpful for divorcing parents to be mindful of this as they navigate their divorce and child custody concerns.
The impact of feuding parents on children
Children who have parents who fight can suffer social and emotional challenges as they grow up into adulthood as a result. Having parents who are oftentimes engaged in conflict can lead to low self-esteem, guilt, shame, a variety of health issues and poor academic performance for children impacted. Children can be more susceptible to injuries and may be more likely to have asthma-related emergencies.
Children emulate behaviors and thinking processes they observe in their parents. How parents interact with each other can impact the personality development of the child for better or worse based on if they see positive interactions to emulate or if the interactions they observe are negative. Children may lack maturity to distinguish behaviors they should emulate and those they should not.
Children can be particularly sensitive to conflict between their parents as they are developing. Children can develop beliefs and unwanted behavior patterns based on what they see in their parents. Parents who frequently fight in front of their children may later observe future violent fighting reactions in their children. It is important for children to have positive relationships with both parents and to learn and observe positive behaviors they can model as they grow and develop.
Though the divorce and child custody processes can be challenging and emotional, it is important for parents to keep in mind the impact they are having on their children. By focusing on what is best for them, parents can stay focused during their divorce process.